Through the Reef Resilience Network, managers and scientists around the world share lessons learned when incorporating resilience principles into coral reef and reef fisheries management activities.


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Case Studies


Australia – Monitoring Reef Resilience

Using Resilience Assessments to Inform the Design of Marine Protected Areas in Australia

Locations: Pacific


Bahamas – Ecological Restoration

Working to Increase Reef Resilience to Climate Change through Coral Restoration in the Bahamas

Locations: Caribbean


Belize – Fisheries Management

Protecting Reef Grazers to Enable Coral Reef Recovery: An Innovative Coral Reef Management Approach in Belize

Locations: Caribbean


Belize – Community Engagement

Community Researcher Program Builds Reef Stewardship in Belize

Locations: Caribbean


Belize – Community Engagement

Freshwater Cup Soccer and Environmental Competition Builds Reef Stewardship in Belize

Locations: Caribbean


Belize – Fisheries Management

Belize Lobster and Conch Fisheries: Collective Impact of Managed Access Program Puts Fisheries on Path to Recovery

Locations: Caribbean


Bonaire – Invasive Species

Pro-active Approach to Combat the Invasion of the Indo-Pacific Lionfish by the Bonaire National Marine Park

Locations: Caribbean


Bonaire – Land-Based Pollution

Wastewater Treatment and Fishing Legislation in Bonaire

Locations: Caribbean


British Virgin Islands – MPA Design

Creation of a Marine Protected Area Network to Protect of Underwater Habitats in the British Virgin Islands

Locations: Caribbean


Coral Triangle – Tourism & Recreation

Reducing Local and Direct Environmental Impacts Associated with Diving and Snorkelling Tourism Activities to Increase Reef Resilience


Ecuador – Fisheries Management

Patrolling Paradise: The Evolution of Enforcement in the Galapagos

Locations: Pacific


Fiji – Ecological Restoration

Using Coral Restoration and Ecotourism to Increase Local Participation and Financial Benefits of Resource Management Efforts

Locations: Pacific


Florida – Ecological Restoration

Coral Propagation and Restoration to Aid the Recovery of Populations of Acropora Corals Throughout Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Locations: Caribbean


Florida – Disturbance Response

Disturbance Response and Monitoring program in action in the Florida Keys

Locations: Caribbean


Grenada – Coastal Resilience

At the Water’s Edge (AWE): Enhancing Coastal Resilience in Grenada

Locations: Caribbean


Hawaii – Coral Disease

Detection of a Coral Disease Outbreak in Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi and Lessons for the Future

Locations: Pacific


Hawaii – Fisheries Management

Managing Fisheries for Reef Resilience: Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area

Locations: Pacific


Hawaii – Fisheries Management

Monitoring Coral Reef Communities in Hawai‘i’s First Herbivore Protection Area

Locations: Pacific


Hawaii – Invasive Species

Building Reef Resilience Through Invasive Algae Removal and Urchin Biocontrol in Kāne‘ohe Bay

Locations: Pacific


Honduras – Invasive Species

Partnering to Manage Lionfish in the Bay Islands, Honduras

Locations: Caribbean


Honduras – MPA Design

Supporting and Managing Resilient Systems in the Bay Islands, Honduras

Locations: Caribbean


Indonesia – MPA Design

Designing a Robust and Resilient Marine Protected Area Network in Lesser Sunda Ecoregion – Indonesia


Indonesia – MPA Design

Building Resilience into Large-scale Marine Protected Area Networks in the Global Center of Marine Biodiversity

Topics: MPA Design


Indonesia – MPA Management

Management Plan of Wakatobi National Park Leads to Increased Stakeholder Engagement Through Monitoring Efforts


Kenya – Disturbance Response

Coral Bleaching Response and Monitoring in the Kiunga Marine National Reserve


Madagascar – Communication

Social Marketing Campaign Engages Madagascar Fishing Villages in Sustainable Fishing Practices


Madagascar – Social Resilience

Boosting Marine Conservation Efforts Through Voluntary Family Planning


Madagascar – Sustainable Livelihoods

Farmers of the Sea – Sea Cucumber Farming as an Alternative to Fishing


Malaysia – Communication

Managing Communication to Mitigate Potential Damage of Coral Reef Bleaching


Malaysia – MPA Management

Eco-tourism Supports Marine Conservation Area in Malaysia


Malaysia & Thailand – Disturbance Response

Temporary Reef Site Closures During Coral Bleaching Thermal Stress


Mesoamerican Reef – MPA Design

Designing an Effective MPA For Multi-Country Mesoamerican Reef

Locations: Caribbean
Topics: MPA Design


Micronesia – MPA Design

Designing a Marine Protected Area Network in the Federated States of Micronesia

Locations: Pacific
Topics: MPA Design


Micronesia – Predator Outbreaks

A Well-Developed Community-Based Marine Protected Area Proves Resilient to a Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star Outbreak

Locations: Pacific


Mozambique – Monitoring Reef Resilience

Using Reef Resilience Assessments to Inform Marine Reserve Design in Mozambique


Northern Mariana Islands – Land-Based Pollution

Comprehensive Watershed Improvements in Laolao Bay, Saipan

Locations: Pacific


Northern Mariana Islands – Monitoring Reef Resilience

Field-based Assessments of Coral Reef Resilience to Climate Change in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Locations: Pacific


Palau – Land-Based Pollution

Community Support for Watershed Management Leads to Ridges to Reefs Protection in Palau


Palau – MPA Design

Designing a Marine Protected Area Network in Palau


Palau – Fisheries Management

Reforming Palau’s Data-Poor Reef Fisheries through Community-Based Approaches


Papua New Guinea – Communication

Youth Awareness Campaigns to Promote Marine Conservation in Papua New Guinea


Papua New Guinea – Fisheries Management

Shared Benefits of Protecting Fish Spawning Aggregations Leads to Cooperative Management


Papua New Guinea – MPA Design

Designing a Resilient MPA in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea


Seychelles – Coral Restoration

Reef Rescuers: Coral Gardening as an MPA Management Tool


Seychelles – Fisheries Management

Making Use of Acoustic Telemetry to Improve Management of Spawning Aggregation Fishery in the Seychelles


Sint Maarten – MPA Design

The Establishment of Man of Shoals Marine Park in Sint Maarten, Caribbean

Locations: Caribbean


Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea – Community Engagement

Participatory 3D Modeling (P3DM) to Support Climate Preparedness and Response in the Pacific

Locations: Pacific


South Africa – Fisheries Management

South African Small-Scale Fisheries Project Links Fishing Co-op to Markets and Models Value Chain Innovation for New Fishery Law


Sri Lanka – Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable Livelihoods Enhancement and Diversification to Reduce Pressure on the Bar Reef Ecosystem


Tanzania – MPA Management

The Establishment of a Marine Eco-Park to Conserve Reefs and Support Environmental Education in Tanzania


Tobago – Disturbance Response

A Bleaching Response Plan Leads to Increased Protection of Tobago’s Reefs

Locations: Caribbean


Tonga – Land-Based Pollution

Coastal Reforestation in Tonga to Protect Agricultural Areas and Coastlines

Locations: Pacific


U.S. Virgin Islands – Disturbance Response

The U.S. Virgin Islands BleachWatch Program

Locations: Caribbean


U.S. Virgin Islands – Resilience Assessment

Assessing the Relative Resilience of the Coral Reefs of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Locations: Caribbean


U.S. Virgin Islands – Fisheries Management

Reef Responsible Sustainable Seafood Initiative – A Market-Driven Approach to a Sustainable Seafood Industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Locations: Caribbean


U.S. Virgin Islands – MPA Management

How do we use our Marine Space? Mapping Human Uses of the East End Marine Park

Locations: Caribbean


U.S. Virgin Islands – Social Resilience

US Virgin Islands Climate Change Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Guidance: Promoting Resilient Coastal and Marine Communities

Locations: Caribbean


Vietnam – Fisheries Management

Vietnam Blue Swimmer Crab Fishery Project Gains Buy-In at Critical Points in the Supply Chain