Reef Renewal Curacao
Reef Renewal Curacao (formerly Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao) was set up in 2015 by the initiative of Ocean Encounters Diving Curacao.
After seeing the impact of the work that the Coral Restoration Foundation was doing and the success of Reef Renewal Bonaire and Secore International, Ocean Encounters was keen to bring this work to Curaçao. With the help and knowledge of Ken Nedimyer, Reef Renewal International & founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation, the Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao was founded.
However, in 2021 – the Coral Restoration Foundation Curacao (also known as Coral Restoration Curacao) has joined forces with Reef Renewal International and Reef Renewal Bonaire to become Reef Renewal Curacao.
About Reef Renewal Curacao
The main objectives of this program are the restoration of our shallow water reef system, educating the community (the youth in particular) and protecting and preserving Curacao’s natural ecosystem.
Reef Renewal Curaçao’s (RRC) vision is of a future where the shallow water reef systems of Curaçao are no longer threatened and ocean stewardship and protecting our coral reefs is at the heart of Curaçao’s culture.
All aspects of our island depend on coral reefs, from coastal protection and food on our table to revenue from tourism. The existence of coral reefs is intertwined into much of the infrastructure and revenue on the island. However, these coral reefs are threatened by human impacts and reef restoration is only part of the solution.
Restoring Coral Reefs in Curacao
For us to effectively build back and restore the shallow water reef systems of Curaçao, we need the support of a variety of stakeholders and government officials.
“The significance of the Curaçao Reef Restoration Program is that together as a community here on Curaçao, we will be restoring our shallow water reef system while educating our youth about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural ecosystem,” according to Pol Bosch at RRC, who adds: “I believe programs like this help solidify a natural sustainability for future generations.”
Protecting What We Love
Since the launch in 2015, CRC has successfully now out now planted over 9,000 corals at various popular dive sites along Curaçao’s southeastern coastline such as Pierbaai at Marie Pampoen, Stella Maris, and Director’s Bay.
The Foundation’s Board has “branched out” and expanded the nurseries located at Avila Beach Hotel, LionsDive Beach Resort, Kontiki Beach Resort and Baoase Luxury Resort. By doing so, the Foundation’s Board is confident that they can provide triple the number of coral fragments available to be out planted back onto Curaçao’s fringing reefs.
We need to take the importance of coral reefs out of the water and make it something that is valued by the whole community of Curaçao.