VISION
To protect the ocean and the life within it, through education, research and management, so that our children and theirs will continue to have access to this source of richness and beauty that sustains us today.
ReefWatch Marine Conservation is a non-profit Organization established in 1993, as a Public Charitable Trust under the Societies Registration Act. ReefWatch is involved in research, education and outreach activities. These have included coral reef monitoring in the Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, documentary films, beach clean ups in Mumbai, SCUBA training for scientists and education programs in schools across the country.

ReefWatch has served as a Member of the National Board for Wildlife (Government of India) since May 2007. The organization has had the privilege of working with many dedicated and inspiring individuals in the fields of science, government, filmmaking, photography and the media. Its efforts are targeted towards protecting and nurturing the diversity of life in India’s coastal and marine environments.
  • Developing and conducting programs that introduce the youth of the nation to the wonders of the marine world and anthropogenic pressures upon the aquatic ecosystem, through hands on underwater experiences as well as classroom sessions.
  • Empowering coastal youth with knowledge, skill development, training and avenues for change to a better, bluer, planet.
  • Creating multimedia content on the topic of India’s ocean to raise awareness amongst the public.
  • Conduct, fund and facilitate targeted research towards increasing our understanding and effectiveness of conservation methods in the marine sphere.
  • Improving the current capacities of research facilities and efforts in the islands of India by collaborating with foreign scientific and conservation institutions.
  • Providing support and advocacy to the concerned ministries of the Government of India and local authorities towards creating more effective policy and implementation methods for the preservation of marine areas and organisms.
  • Creating avenues for various groups of stakeholders to become involved in the management and conservation of essential marine and coastal ecosystems at the community level.
OBJECTIVES
ReefWatch’s strategy for the conservation of our marine spaces is simple. We must first know our ocean, and then use this knowledge and ensuing enthusiasm to inform sustainable management.
Our objectives are broken down into three parts: Education, Research and Management:
Education
To raise awareness about the ocean’s beauty, biodiversity & the essential ecosystem services it provides us with, especially amongst Indian youth through:
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Research
Conduct or facilitate the research necessary to scientifically inform management & conservation of our marine systems:
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Management
Advise government, regulatory bodies and local community groups to sustainably use their environmental resources:
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