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CORALS

Coral reefs are facing unprecedented levels of decline. MOC Marine Institute’s coral repository provides a safe-haven for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals.


Corals of Hawaiʻi


Often referred to as the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs are the most biologically diverse of all marine ecosystems. Coral reef ecosystems are a primary source of food for Hawaii’s island community; protect Hawaii’s coastline from storms and erosion; provide habitat for thousands of marine species; and provide jobs and income to Hawaii’s economy through tourism, recreational activities, and fishing.

Hawaiʻi is home to more than 80% of the coral reefs in the United States, and more than 25% of the marine life found on coral reefs in Hawaiʻi are endemic to the islands. However, coral reefs are facing unprecedented levels of decline. Rising ocean temperatures, coastal development, overfishing, pollution, and vessel accidents/groundings are all significant threats to corals in Hawaiʻi.


Coral Bleaching


Coral bleaching is associated with the devastation of coral reefs which are home to more than 25% of all marine species. Bleaching can be caused by rising seawater temperatures, changes in seawater chemistry, and increased levels of sediment in the water.


MOCMI’s Coral Nursery


MOC Marine Institute (MOCMI) maintains one of only four land-based coral nurseries in the United State, including a repository for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals. MOCMI’s team of coral experts is attempting to mitigate human impacts on coral reefs by fast-growing indigenous, Hawaiian corals in a lab environment and then outplanting lab-grown corals to restore critical reef habitat.


Help us to Restore Hawaiiʻs Reefs


To amplify our impact and ensure the survival of rare and endemic Hawaiian corals, we have launched the Coral Love campaign. You can support our campaign through the purchase of a Coral Love t-shirt or sticker, sponsor a coral-grow tank, or through a monetary donation. No contribution is too small to make a difference.

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Sponsorship and Naming Opportunities


$500 Coral microfragmentation saw
$10,000 Coral tank for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals
$10,000 Coral tank for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals
$10,000 Coral tank for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals
$10,000 Coral tank for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals
$10,000 Coral tank for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals
$10,000 Coral tank for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals
$50,000 Laboratory for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals

For more information, please contact:
Tommy Cutt at tcutt@mocmarineinstitute.org.

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