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Coral Reef Alliance

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Coral Reef Alliance
Berkeley, California
TypeCharitable organization
Key people
Dr. Madhavi Colton, Executive Director[1][2]

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is an environmental non-profit, 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization based in Oakland, California that is dedicated to coral reef conservation. The organization was founded in 1994 by Stephen Colwell.[3]


CORAL's work includes aquatic research, educating local communities, and building alliances with governments, agencies, research institutions, and other NGOs to protect coral reefs.[4] CORAL also has a coral bleaching response network using high-resolution satellite images to monitor coral reefs and bleaching events.[5] CORAL estimates that 90% of the world's coral reefs could undergo annual coral bleaching, and in a Nature Ecology and Evolution publication, predict that a significant portion of coral reefs may go extinct without further intervention.[6]

CORAL operates at reef regions in Hawai'i (Hawai‘i Island and Maui), Honduras and Mexico to maintain clean water, healthy fisheries, and protected habitat.[7] In a March 2023 interview with CORAL employee Javier Pizaña-Alonso, it was reported the organisation is planning to expand operations to Roatán, Honduras, and Belize as these are major cruise ship destinations with a large amount of reef tourism.[8]


In the fiscal year of 2020, tax documents (IRS Form 990) show a total revenue of $4,056,840 and expenditure of $3,430,103.[9] They are funded by individual donors, foundations, as well as corporate and government grants.[10] In 2021, CORAL raised $4 million in total revenue. $1.3 million of this came from individual and corporate contributions, with the remaining $2.7 million coming from foundation and government grants.[11]

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  1. ^ "Our Team". Coral Reef Alliance. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Vince, Gaia (October 18, 2020). "Why there is hope that the world's coral reefs can be saved". The Guardian. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Coral Reef Alliance - About". LinkedIn. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Local Engagement". Coral Reef Alliance. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Coral Bleaching". Coral Reef Alliance. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  6. ^ "How Does Climate Change Affect Biodiversity?". Discover Magazine. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  7. ^ "NPO Spotlight: Coral Reef Alliance - The San Francisco Times". 2022-12-16. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  8. ^ Robinson, Alex (2023-04-04). "Can Mexico save its reefs from overtourism?". Corporate Knights. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  9. ^ Roberts, Andrea Suozzo, Ken Schwencke, Mike Tigas, Sisi Wei, Alec Glassford, Brandon (2013-05-09). "The Coral Reef Alliance - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. Retrieved 2023-05-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Financials". Coral Reef Alliance. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Annual Report". Coral Reef Alliance. Retrieved 19 May 2022.