The American Reef Coalition was incorporated as a Hawaii marine conservation nonprofit and IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization in June of 2002.
The purpose was to protect one of the most endangered
environments on our planet: Our oceans and the living coral reef.
Protected coral reef in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands
"Endangered Species Capital of the World"
Hawaii has a wealth of native species both above and below the water and it is now listed as the endangered species capital of the world.
Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Unique species of plants and animals evolved here because of the extreme isolation of these islands.
Over the last 200 years, Hawaii has lost 271 different species of plants and animals to extinction. At this moment in time, Hawaii has over 300 plants and animals on the list of endangered species.
Hawaii also contains approximately 80% of all coral reef occurring in the United States and roughly 25% of all marine life found here are found nowhere else on earth.
Worth saving? We think so.
We selected the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands for our base of operations. Maui Nui, which is comprised of 4 islands and 1 islet, lies in the middle of the Main Hawaiian Islands sitting in a thousand square miles of ocean.
The Hawaiian Monk Seal, the Humpback Whale and Sea Turtles are just a few of the better known endangered marine species.
The Hawaiian Goose (Nene), not as well known. However, not so long ago, the Nene was reduced to less than 40 of the species. It is now the most endangered goose on our planet and resides inside the largest dormant volcano on our planet, Haleakala, on the island of Maui.
We have recently amended our purpose to include wilderness and natural areas which are experiencing the same stressors as our coral reefs.
"Creating Simple Solutions to solve Complex Problems"
We at ARC are not your typical scientific lab rat conservationists. We're more of the get wet, get dirty, get in and get 'er done type of conservationists. Here's what we do...
* ARC removes marine debris from 1,000 square miles of ocean and miles of shoreline. Globally, marine debris is responsible for killing over 1,000 marine animals a day. Check out our marine debris page.
* ARC provides environmental mooring installation and maintenance. Just one day-use mooring can save 2 acres of endangered coral reef from being ripped apart by anchors and anchor chain. Combined, the moorings we currently maintain protect over 120 acres of living coral. Check out our environmental moorings page.
* Coral reef monitoring. We have dozens of reefs that we monitor for signs of degradation. If caught early enough, the cause can be determined and steps can be taken to return a balanced ecosystem. Check out our monitoring and reef restoration page.
* Invasive species control. Certain introduced species of fish can individually consume up to 200 native species annually. Which in-turn creates an imbalance in the ecosystem. By monitoring and controlling invasive species, we help provide balance to an ecosystem that has taken thousands of years to establish.
* Coral transplant, reef enhancement and restoration. Corals attached to undersea moorings are removed and transplanted to barren areas of reef or artificial reef. Giving these corals a second chance at life and the opportunity to build future habitat for fish and invertebrates.
Check out our monitoring and reef restoration page.
* Education. Through electronic media and our Membership opportunities, we are able to update and educate interested public in current events relating to endangered ecosystems and the creatures that live there. You can find us on Facebook.
* Sustainable Ecotourism. Through our Membership program we are able to provide conservation minded travelers to Maui an opportunity to participate and learn new skills with ARC staff in our programs to protect and conserve our natural resources.
* Working as a coalition with other like minded organizations and government agencies, we help others achieve their goals in marine science and conservation.
We are living in a time where every living system on our planet is in the state of decline and it’s all happening at a stupefying rate of acceleration. Scientists are calling it “The Sixth Great Extinction”.
At this particular point in time, you have a choice... Kick-back and watch it unfold, or choose a cause and help save our planet.
There are many ways you can donate to the cause. You can also help us by donating your time. Planning a trip to Maui? Check out our membership opportunities.
Surf through our website, follow us on facebook, see if you can get behind our projects and help us save the planet, one endangered ecosystem at a time.
To protect marine resources, wilderness and natural areas through a variety of proven methods and by providing support to other nonprofit organizations and government agencies engaged in marine, wilderness and natural area research, conservation and education.
To form strategic alliances with the public, other organizations and government agencies involved in marine, natural area and wilderness conservation and to deliver a greater benefit and value to government, our partners, and the general public.