United Nations
Restoring dying and degraded coral reefs
by Coral Vita (Private sector)
Coral Vita commits to planting thousands of corals to restore degraded reefs in the Caribbean over the next two years.

As a mission-driven company committed to helping preserve coral reefs for future generations, we plan to launch our pilot coral farm by the end of 2017. There, we will be integrating breakthrough coral farming methods developed by our advisors to grow corals up to 50x faster (Mote Marine Lab) while enhancing their resiliency to climate change (Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology). Using land-based coral farms, we can supply restoratation projects at scale with more diverse and resilient corals to help protect reef health and the communities who depend on them. We ultimately envision a global network of such farms that help carry out unprecedented ecosystem-level restoration projects.

Initially, our pilot coral farm will be small-scale, where we will grow several thousand coral fragments (native to the host country/territory) every 6-12 month growing cycle. Corals will be transplanted into reefs with optimal conditions for restoration (e.g. in marine protected areas), where we will monitor for various impact metrics, such as coral growth rates and survivorship, changes in marine life diversity and abundance, and level of engagement with local community members.

While we are driven primarily by our love for the oceans and appreciation for their wonder and critical ecological value, we also appreciate their critical socio-economic importance. By framing coral reef degradation as a threat to ecosystem services like food security, economic prosperity, coastal livelihoods, and shoreline protection, and demonstrating the value of reef restoration, we hope to motivate effective investment and create a sustainable financing system for protecting these marine resources. In turn, we also ensure that we build local communities into our efforts, in order to promote long-term stewardship for the people that benefit most from coral reefs.
Updates to voluntary commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
December 2019
Transplantation of corals at reefs near pilot farm
Staff / Technical expertise
Coral farming staff and experts to properly enact restoration projects
In-kind contribution
Installation of corals into reef to revitalize biological health and ecosystem services
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2018 - January 20
Coral Vita
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sam Teicher, Mr., sam@coralvita.co,
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