Coral Reefs

Known for their abundance of life and bold colors, coral reefs play an important role in sustaining our oceans and economies.

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Reefs around the world are under threat from agricultural and urban runoff, coastal development, and overfishing. These human activities paired with the threat of climate change, warming sea temperatures, and increased ocean acidification are causing corals to die-off at an alarming rate.

WILDCOAST is working to conserve coral reefs by establishing protected areas, promoting reef stewardship, and educating communities and tourism outfitters about the importance of healthy and thriving coral reefs.


We protect coral reefs in the Mexican
Pacific and Cuba through mooring
infrastructure, monitoring, implementing
federal zone concessions, trainings and
community outreach.

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We work with Mexico's National
Commission for Natural Protected
Areas, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Cuba's Center for Natural
Protected Areas, tourism outfitters and
local communities across eight protected
areas to coordinate coral reef
monitoring and conservation.

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Where We Work

Our programs support and protect the beauty, vibrancy, and biodiversity of coral reefs in Mexico and Cuba.

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Our Impact


million acres of coral reef marine parks in the Mexican Pacific with improved protection


park rangers and tourism outfitters trained annually in coral reef stewardship


reef-protecting buoys installed in national parks along the Mexican Pacific


visitors and stakeholders engaged in sustainable visitation practices for coral reefs


coral reef national parks monitored for human impacts


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