World Reef Awareness Day, celebrated on June 1, is a special occasion that brings together individuals, organizations, and communities worldwide to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our precious coral reefs. It is also a great way to kick off National Ocean Month which occurs throughout June.  

On this day, we would like to shine a spotlight on an exceptional organization that has been making a significant impact in reef conservation – SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) International, Inc. Join us as we dive into SECORE’s mission, accomplishments, and the vital role they play in safeguarding the future of our reefs.  

Preserving Coral Reefs through Innovative Techniques 

SECORE International Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and preserving coral reefs through pioneering techniques in sexual coral reproduction. Established as a nonprofit organization in 2015, SECORE has been at the forefront of innovative approaches to coral conservation, aiming to restore coral reefs worldwide and to give coral reefs a future.  


SECORE collecting Elkhorn coral spawn in Mexico.

The Importance of Sexual Coral Reproduction 

Coral reefs, often referred to as the “rainforests of the sea,” are incredibly diverse ecosystems that support a wealth of marine life. However, factors like climate change, pollution and overfishing have severely impacted coral reef health. Recognizing the critical role of sexual reproduction in coral resilience, SECORE focuses on restoring coral populations by assisting in the natural reproduction process. 

The SECORE Method 

By collecting coral gametes during natural spawning events, SECORE’s team is able to fertilize the eggs and grow coral larvae in carefully controlled environments. These juvenile corals are then reintroduced into degraded reef areas, helping to repopulate and revive struggling coral communities. 

Photo by SECORE.

Educating and Inspiring Future Stewards 

In addition to their conservation efforts, SECORE emphasizes the importance of education and outreach. They conduct webinars, workshops, and seminars to raise awareness about the critical state of coral reefs and the significance of sexual reproduction in their restoration. By engaging with students, researchers, and the public, SECORE inspires a new generation of ocean stewards who are passionate about reef conservation. Join Dr. Dirk Petersen, Founder and Executive Director of SECORE, for a webinar about SECORE’s work in Curacao, on June 22, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. CST (12:30 p.m. EST). Register here. 

Founder and Executive Director of SECORE International Inc., Dr. Dirk Petersen.

To continue their education and outreach efforts, SECORE and Diventures have partnered together to offer a unique opportunity. As part of this collaboration, we are excited to present an exclusive opportunity to explore Curacao, immersing guests in the remarkable work of SECORE. Experience the awe-inspiring event of real-time coral spawning, delve into the world of marine research with a visit to the renowned CARMABI lab, and marvel at Curacao’s Sea Aquarium. Discover more about this extraordinary trip and secure your spot by clicking here. 

Diventures and SECORE will be heading to Curacao September 30-October 7, 2023.

World Reef Awareness Day: Celebrating SECORE’s Impact 

As we recognize World Reef Awareness Day, it is essential to celebrate the incredible achievements of SECORE. Over the years, their projects have successfully increased coral biodiversity and enhanced the resilience of our precious coral ecosystems. Their work serves as a beacon of hope for the future of our reefs, inspiring others to join the fight for their preservation. 

Through their innovative techniques, collaborative partnerships, and commitment to education, SECORE continues to make a significant impact in safeguarding the biodiversity and beauty of our oceans. Together, we can ensure that future generations inherit thriving, resilient coral reefs that captivate and inspire for years to come. 

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