Member Type Non Governmental Organization

SECORE International



Dr. Dirk Petersen
Executive Director and Founder
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Dr. Margaret Miller
Research Director
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Dr. Carin Jantzen
Communications Director
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SECORE International, Inc. is a leading conservation organization for the restoration of coral reefs. With sound science as the basis of our work, findings and developed methods are translated into innovative technologies and tools to implement reef restoration at much larger scales than currently possible.

We have established a global network of scientists, authorities, partners, and stakeholders. We share our knowledge in training events and workshops, and mentor our partners for implementing innovative methods and technologies on-site: Implementation Partner Program.

Our focus is to work with breeding corals – Coral Seeding, enabling us to get huge numbers of coral babies by collecting coral germ cells during natural spawning events on the reef, while supporting the corals’ genetic diversity and consequently promoting reef resilience at the same time. We develop tools to raise corals without the need for sophisticated land-based facilities and to bring them back to the wild in more efficient ways. We are dedicated to giving coral reefs a fighting chance for the future!

SECORE’s vision is a world where thriving coral reefs support healthy oceans for future generations.

SECORE’s mission is to create and share the tools and technologies to sustainably restore coral reefs.

Like a healthy coral reef, SECORE thrives best with diversity.

SECORE International is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

SECORE International

Additional Information

Coral Heroes, a lively science comic about coral reef ecology and the Coral Seeding approach; to be downloaded from our website as web formats and printing files (free to use) in nine languages: Download here

Selected peer reviewed publications

  • Applying coral breeding to reef restoration: best practices, knowledge gaps, and priority actions in a rapidly evolving field. 2023, Restoration Ecology. Banaszak et al.
  • Six priorities to advance the science and practice of coral reefs restoration worldwide. 2021, Restoration Ecology. Vardi et al.
  • Settlement yields in large-scale in situ culture of Caribbean coral larvae for restoration. 2021, Restoration Ecology. Miller et al.
  • Rebuilding Coral Reefs: A Decadal Grand Challenge. 2021, International Coral Reef Society and Future Earth Coasts, 56 pp. Knowlton et al.
  • New Seeding Approach Reduces Costs and Time to Outplant Sexually Propagated Corals for Reef Restoration. 2017, Nature, Scientific Reports. Chamberland et al.

Selected non-peer reviewed publications

Last Updated: 10 January 2024