Aramco extends its global commitment to marine protection and preserving sensitive ecosystems by joining the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) with support for community-based grants to improve the health and resilience of coral reefs in Florida, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Caribbean.
The grants are awarded through the Coral Reef Conservation Fund, a 20-year conservation partnership between NFWF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), with Aramco joining as the fund’s newest partner along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Eleven grants will address threats and develop tools for restoration and management of coral reefs in U.S. and Caribbean waters. The grants will leverage nearly $1.3 million in matching contributions to generate a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million.
“This year, we are excited to celebrate 20 years of dedication to coral reef conservation,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “Coral reefs are critically important habitats for thousands of marine species, and they also offer coastal communities protection against storms and provide many other social and economic benefits. For two decades, the Coral Reef Conservation Fund has made possible new and innovative ways to help coral reefs remain healthy and resilient.”