We have been recognized as leaders in marine conservation and restoration along our members as part of the Intergovern­mental Panel on Climate Change and Habitat Advisory Panel of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. SAM is also part of the Coral Restoration Consortium, Latin American Coral Reef Restoration Consortium, the Puerto Rican Coral Reef Resto­ration Consortium, and the Association of the Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean. The success of our science-based approach in restoration is supported by over 30 peer-review publications in the last five years.

SAM maintains a growing network of collaborative interagency level support, both from Puerto Rico’s State and Municipal agencies, as well as Federal institutions, NGOs, and private organizations. It also maintains strong collaborative efforts with academia, including universities from Puerto Rico, the United States, Central America, and South America.

Current Projects

Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD): An integrative study for the management and conservation of susceptible coral species

Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD): An integrative study for the management and conservation of susceptible coral species

Funded by: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Principal Researcher: Dr. Edwin Hernández

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Restoring the three-dimensional structure of hurricane-impacted coral reefs in Puerto Rico

Restoring the seagrass-coral reef continuum habitats across heavily hurricane-impacted coastal areas in Culebra Island, Puerto Rico ​

Funded by: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Principal Researcher: Dr. Alex Mercado

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Preventing habitat loss of the endangered cactus Leptocereus grantianus by increasing the wave attenuation capability of seagrass beds and coral reefs in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Preventing habitat loss of the endangered cactus Leptocereus grantianus by ​increasing the wave attenuation capability of seagrass beds and coral reefs in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Funded by:  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Principal Researcher: Dr. Alex Mercado

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Restoring the three-dimensional structure of hurricane-impacted coral reefs in Puerto Rico

Restoring the three-dimensional structure of hurricane-impacted coral reefs in Puerto Rico

Funded by: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Principal Researcher: Dr. Alex Mercado

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Our Partners

“Sociedad Ambiente Marino has proudly collaborated over the years with multiple organizations, from both the nonprofit and private sector to government institutions.”