2019 brought significantly less coral bleaching than the previous year.  2018 was a significant bleaching event and 2019 was a needed respite.  In spite of the lower levels of bleaching,  some coral bleaching occurs every year. 


This project looks to measure the amount of bleaching and compare each year, so we can get a sense of how our reef is being impacted.   We returned to our 1000 square feet of reef and documented bleaching again this year.  In addition to bleaching, we have observed another really interesting phenomenon in our 1000 square feet.

Baby Coral!


Our 1000 Square Feet is full of tiny coral organisms, most of which are smaller than the palms of a person's hand.  These corals have been growing for a year and provide us with a lot of hope for the restoration of our area after major bleaching events in 2015 and 2018.  Check out the blog articles, videos, and graphics describing our 1000 square feet on this page to learn more.

1000 ft Bleach coral


Project 1000


What exactly is the 1000 Square Feet of Coral Bleaching Project?  Check out our blog to find out!

What we found


Click into our blog to read all about our findings!



What can we predict in the future as it relates to Coral Bleaching in the Marshall Islands?  Check out this blog to learn what our researchers say.

How to help

What can a person do to try and help turn the tide on Coral Bleaching?  This blog outlines some things we can do to help.


What are the impacts of bleaching on the Marshall Islands?  This post highlights how this island nation is being impacted.

What is Bleaching?

In this post, you can learn a lot more about what Coral Bleaching actually is.  Check it out!