Reef Rescue Network: Growing Stronger

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The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation is thrilled to share inspiring news from the frontlines of marine conservation. The Reef Rescue Network’s “Coral is Calling” campaign, launched in 2023 in response to the severe coral bleaching events and diseases that have scarred our ocean over the last decade, has marked a momentous leap in the preservation and restoration of coral reefs, key to sustainable tourism and the vitality of The Bahamas’ economy and ecology.

Imagine a world where the vibrant undersea cities of coral are no longer just destinations for awe-struck divers but resilient havens for a multitude of marine life. This is the vision driving the Reef Rescue Network (RRN), a coalition of dive shops, non-profits, and forward-thinking businesses dedicated to nurturing these critical marine habitats.

Stretching across The Bahamas, Aruba, and St. Lucia, 50 coral nurseries now stand as testament to this commitment! These nurseries are not just conservation tools but a living, breathing exhibit of hope for our oceans.

Hayley-Jo Carr, Director of the Reef Rescue Network, emphasized the role of coral reefs in tourism and biodiversity. “In the face of the stark realities confronting our coral reefs, the ‘Coral is Calling’ campaign comes at a time when action is not just needed, but essential. Our reefs are more than just tourist destinations; they are the lifeblood of our islands, supporting both marine life and human livelihoods.”

RRN Director, Hayley-Jo Carr, dives over a cluster of thriving staghorn corals planted by her team offshore of New Providence.

“Coral Is Calling” Campaign Achievements in 2023

Nursery Expansion: We reached our goal of operating 50 coral nurseries spanning The Bahamas and beyond, signifying an unparalleled scale-up in our coral cultivation and restoration efforts.

 Education and Engagement: The introduction of educational programs like the PADI Reef Rescue Diver Specialty and Reef Rescue Snorkel has enhanced public awareness and engagement in coral conservation.

 Coral Domes: 35 coral domes were installed, empowering seven RRN partners to offer shallow-water experiences for non-divers and snorkelers

 Coral Planting: A landmark achievement was reaching our goal of planting of 10,000 nursery-reared corals onto deteriorating reefs, demonstrating a scalable model for reef restoration.

 Conservation Community: This initiative has sparked a global network of conservationists and eco-entrepreneurs dedicated to safeguarding marine biodiversity.

 Digital Outreach: The launch of the RRN’s new website,, ushers in a new era of digital collaboration, education, and participation in reef conservation.

A clump of staghorn coral recently planted by the Reef Rescue Network, in an effort to resotre the structure, function, and diversity of Bahamian coral reefs.

The Bahamas’ Corals: A Symbiosis of Beauty and Biodiversity

Coral reefs, often termed the “rainforests of the sea,” are not just crucial for their aesthetic appeal; they provide a cornerstone for marine life and the economy of The Bahamas. However, with the specter of coral bleaching looming large—a stress response to rising sea temperatures that strip corals of their life-giving algae—initiatives like the RRN become vital lifelines. By establishing coral nurseries and facilitating coral planting, we’re investing in a future where these underwater ecosystems can withstand the challenges of climate change.

Atlantis & RRN

Collaboration with the Reef Rescue Network and it’s parent non-profit the Perry Institute for Marine Science, has been a pivotal part of our conservation legacy; in 2019, we co-created a coral nursery focused on breeding resilient finger coral (Porites) species in the dynamic conditions of Atlantis’ lagoon, as well as an ocean-based nursery growing critically endangered staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) offshore of Paradise Island. This tailored approach, employing cutting-edge techniques, aims to propagate and plant robust corals to designated reefs, fostering a symbiotic relationship between tourism and conservation. 

Guests at Atlantis can directly engage in this initiative today, learning about coral nursery maintenance and coral planting—a truly immersive experience contributing to a larger purpose.


Porites corals that were grown and propagated in Atlantis’ lagoon coral nursery, and subsequently planted onto nearby coral reefs off Paradise Island.

Join the Tide of Change

Ready to dive into conservation? Your next Bahamian vacation could be more than just a getaway—it’s an opportunity to contribute to the health of our planet’s oceans. By joining in coral restoration activities, you can leave a lasting impact.

Your actions matter. The ocean awaits.

Click here to participate in coral restoration on your next trip to The Bahamas!

Written by: Lily Haines | Communications Direcotr, Perry Institute for Marine Science | What +1 (613) 791-6045 |