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Our Priorities

The ecosystem in Bocas Archipelago is seriously out of balance.

Overfished, effluents dumped into the water, climate change, reef collapse, resource exploitation, an under-nourished and economically disempowered indigenous population, inconsistent infrastructure development, erratic and disparate government control & oversight; the Bocas Archipelago in Panama has a series of interconnected and serious problems that are contributing to an ecosystem in dire need of thoughtful attention and action.

Our Top Priorities

Much of the ecosystem in which we reside continues to evolve — as a culture, as a result of climate change, infrastructure, governmental shifts in legislation — and so does how we implement our mission. The science of the sea doesn’t end with our impact strategy, and we view our projects as on-going experiments, so that the impact of our vision continues to make a difference, with results that help us continue to evolve our organization and it’s impact in the world.

Despite the passage of time and shifting ecosystems, our vision remains the same, with five important areas of impact by which we judge the effectiveness of our efforts.

How we accomplish that vision continues to evolve as we do.

Healthy Reefs

A series of healthy, flourishing coral installation sites.

Economic Empowerment

Economic opportunities for local & indigenous communities in Bocas.

Community Health

Marked health improvement of indigenous communities

Local Support

Support from our community, local & Panamanian Government Organizations

Global Solutions

Sharing our learning & solutions that can scale to the rest of the world.

Our impact is measured by more than recovered reefs and healthy underwater fish habitat.

Our mission requires that we address the concept of coral reef recovery through a holistic lens. Ocean ecosystems include the management and protection of resources, the quality of life for the plant, animal and human species that live within that ecosystem. This means that our organization is more than just “putting coral structures” in the water.

Caribbean Coral Restoration Priorities

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