Solitary corals, Heliofungia actiniformis, were forced to endure hyper-thermal stress in an experiment to learn more about coral bleaching. They can be seen belching ‘Symbiodinium’ – a form of algae that gives them their color.
Through partnerships with seaside communities, Legacy Reef Foundation exists
to create healthy reefs throughout the world; ensuring that coastal residents have a
sustainable food source for generations to come.
Our coral reefs are in
crisis and need our help
Will you help us to save the worldʻs marine environment?
Legacy Reef Foundation partners with local communities to plan, develop and support coral reef protection and restoration projects throughout the world.
From school children to adult groups, visitors to our facilities learn how we depend on the ocean. Corals are the foundation of the food chain, protect our shores, and provide beauty that inspires us.
Our organization develops the technology necessary to install and run user-friendly coral restoration labs. Using a shipping container as a starting point, these off-grid, solar-powered, and portable labs are accessible to communities with few resources.
Current Coral Nurseries
Current Coral Tanks
We launched in March of 2018, after a year of planning and an extensive site search. Opening at the Natural Energy Lab on the Island of Hawaii allows easy access to the reefs our team is researching, as well as unlimited surface seawater and deep nutrient-rich seawater. Our location and determination to expand will allow Legacy Reef to grow into one of the top coral research centers in the world.
Since the founding of Legacy Reef Foundation, we have built our coral research lab, our coral tank farm and have begun the process of creating our first containerized coral nurseries. We also have established a passionate management team, a qualified national fundraising team, an educational center and a community outreach effort.
Coral Reef Media
Dr. David Vaughan TED Talk
Dr. Vaughan takes us on a journey of exploration, fortunate mishaps, and coral reproduction.
Reef Safe Sunscreen
Set on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, Reefs At Risk explores the harmful effects some sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs, marine life, and people. This timely film takes viewers underwater to explore the beautiful marine environment and follows those on land trying to protect it. To learn more and download a reef-safe sunscreen guide go to www.ReefsAtRisk.org