Legacy Reef Foundation
Rebuilding Reefs Today to Feed Generations Forever
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Legacy Reef Foundation
Rebuilding Reefs Today to Feed Generations Forever
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Legacy Reef Foundation
Rebuilding Reefs Today to Feed Generations Forever
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Our Mission

Establish partnerships with coastal communities to reestablish their food sustainability through coral restoration and education.

Can You Help

Restore Coral Reefs?

The priority for the Legacy Reef Foundation is to save our coral reefs before they disappear, and empower local communities everywhere to ensure their own food security.

We respectfully invite you to consider a gift of support and engage with us to save the world’s marine environment.

OUR objective


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.

Our Sense of Urgency

Reefs cover only 0.2% of the ocean’s floor, scientists estimate that nearly 1,000,000 species of fish, invertebrates, and algae can be found in and around the world’s reefs. (via NASA)

Pollution and global warming are detriments to this fragile ecosystem. The latest reports state that as much as 27% of monitored reef formations have been lost and as much as 32% are at risk of being lost within the next 32 years. (Via NASA)

The total economic value of coral reef services for the U.S. (including fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection) is over $3.4 billion each year. (via NOAA)

More than 500 million people depend on coral reefs for food, income, coastal protection, and more. (VIA NOAA)

It’s estimated that coral reefs prevent $94 million in flood damages every year. (VIA NOAA)

Long-term exposure to higher sea surface temperatures directly cause mass Coral Reef bleaching. In 2016, 51% of Coral Reefs were negatively affected by bleaching, including the destruction of 29% of the Great Barrier Reef’s shallow water corals. (VIA NOAA)

Non-Reef Safe Sunscreen is poisonous to our Reefs. One of key ingredients in most chemical sunscreens is oxybenzone. A single drop of this compound in more than 4 million gallons of water is enough to harm all inhabitants of the area. (VIA OceanFDN)

By the year 2100, all Coral Reefs will be gone if pollutions, emissions, and destruction do not decrease. (VIA Natgeo)

Of the 29 World Heritage reef areas, at least 25 of them will experience twice-per-decade severe bleaching events by the year 2040. (VIA Natgeo)


Current Coral Nurseries


Current Coral Tanks

Our History

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

Corals Belch Algae During Deadly 'Bleaching'

Solitary corals, Heliofungia actiniformis, were forced to endure hyper-thermal stress in an experiment to learn more about coral bleaching. They can be seeing belching ‘Symbiodinium’ – a form of algae that gives them their color.

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




Since 2018, we have expanded our efforts in the US greatly, hiring operational and fun-raising staff members. Now, we need your support to further expand our mission with additional staff and resources.

Repair Our Oceans

$1,250,000 per year

Empower Shore Communities
Train Local Scientists
Provide Remote Support

Expand Our Legacy

$750,000 per year

Transform our Fundraising Culture
Hire and Maintain Full-Time Staff
Magnify the Reach of our Foundation