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August 2014: The Inaugural CORAL Conservation Prize Winner Is . . . / CORAL’s on the Move! / Our “Building Reef Resilience to Climate Change” Workshops Live On / Dredging Linked to Coral Disease / New CORAL Office Peep

CORAL Conservation Prize winner Nyoman Sugiartha
The Inaugural CORAL Conservation Prize Winner Is . . .

Nyoman Sugiarta from Bondalem in Indonesia! Nyoman, a fisherman, has been instrumental in ensuring his community’s local reefs are protected. Through education, improved management, and the development of alternative income opportunities for fishermen, he and his team have built a network of support for meaningful reef conservation in Bondalem. We congratulate Nyoman on winning the 2014 CORAL Conservation Prize, and look forward to celebrating him at our 20th Anniversary Gala on September 20th!
Learn More About the CORAL Conservation Prize
Help Honor Nyoman at Our 20th Anniversary Gala

A view of our new office on Google Maps
CORAL’s on the Move!

After more than a decade in downtown San Francisco, we—like many other nonprofits—are making the pilgrimage to nearby Oakland for a fantastic (and cheaper) new space. As of September 1, our new address will be: 1330 Broadway, Suite 1602, Oakland, CA 94612. Please update your address books, and if you donate to CORAL directly through your bank, please give them the new address so your donations can reach us. Thank you—we look forward to showing off the new space soon!

Bicolor parrotfish (Cetoscarus bicolor) are much prettier nibbling algae than being nibbled on; photo via Wikiimedia Commons
Our “Building Reef Resilience to Climate Change” Workshops Live On

As part of our 2011 Building Reef Resilience to Climate Change workshops, CORAL issued a series of microgrants to participants so they could implement local scale projects that would put what they learned into practice. Thailand participants Srisakul Piromvaragorn and James True started a small campaign with the Reef Guardian group in the province of Satun to encourage people to stop hunting parrotfish on Lipe Island. Now, they have joined with other partners and scaled up their successful efforts to stop the selling of parrotfish in the cities. Last month, several large supermarkets pledged to ban the selling of parrotfish in their stores! We congratulate Srisakul and James on their great work, and are so proud to have had a hand in making this happen. Read More

Corals with White Syndrome; photo by F. Joseph Pollock
Dredging Linked to Coral Disease

In what is perhaps not a huge surprise, a new study from scientists at the ARC Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies links dredging with increased disease rates for corals. "At dredging sites, we found more than twice as much coral disease than at our control sites," says the lead author of the study, Joe Pollock. The research was conducted near Barrow Island, off the West Australian coast, near a 7-million cubic meter dredging project for a shipping channel. Dredging negatively impacts the coral in two ways; it increases turbidity, restricting photosynthetic productivity, and increases sediment, interfering their ability to feed. Weakened corals are then more susceptible to disease. Read More

Our newest staff member Marissa Stein
New CORAL Office Peep

We are thrilled to welcome Marissa Stein as CORAL’s new Communications Manager. With a strong background in nonprofit marketing and communications, and a master’s degree in Coastal Resource Management, we have no doubt that she will be an amazing addition to our team. She’s excited and eager to hear your ideas for how we can improve E-Current, CORAL Current, our website, and other communications products; feel free to email her at to let her know what you like and what you think we can do better. Read More

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