Restoration Works

Over the past decade, the Nature Conservancy and partners like NOAA are working at over 160 restoration sites to restore coral, mangrove, sea grass, shellfish and other habitats around the globe.

Conservancy volunteers work to rebuild and restore oyster reefs at the Virginia Coastal Reserve.

A crane in Half Moon Reef in Texas rinses limestone rock during oyster reef construction.

Conservancy staff are working in Hawaii to use the "Super Sucker"— a barge-mounted underwater vacuum that removes invasive algae off the coral reefs in Kāne‘ohe Bay.

Staghorn corals in nursery. In January 2010 the Conservancy’s U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Restoration program installed its first in-water coral nurseries.

Scientists are transplanting up to 10,000 nursery-grown staghorn and elkhorn corals to degraded reefs in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the largest marine restoration project of its kind.

New floodgates on Fisher Slough in Washington's Skagit Delta will create about 60 acres of new tidal freshwater marsh for salmon, and protect the community from floods.

Coastal mangrove forest at Carriacou, Grenada. The preserve is one of three new marine protected areas to help improve the management of the country’s marine resources.

This stand of mangroves served as a natural barrier to the fury of Hurricane Ivan by slowing the storm's impact of Ivan and helped save a preschool in Union Island, in the Grenadines.

A Conservancy marine scientist observes a healthy seagrass bed in the Bahamas. Seagrass beds are dying at an alarming rate – reduced by as much as 90 percent in some bays across the Gulf of Mexico.

Virginia Coastal Reserve staff collect eelgrass trimmings with a boat-mounted mower. The process is similar to mowing a lawn, and the eelgrass will soon grow back.

Learn more about the Conservancy's restoration work in habitats around the world.