ReefDoctor is one of only a few NGO’s working in Madagascar to help monitor coral reef health, protect threatened coastal ecosystems, and manage marine resources. The organisation has been working in the Bay of Ranobe since 2002 and is located next to the fishing village of Ifaty. The Bay of Ranobe is a semi-enclosed lagoon in south-west Madagascar extending from Morombe in the north to Toliara in the south. It consists of a diverse range of habitats including: barrier reefs, patch reefs, reef flats, extensive seagrass beds, and mangroves.
In this region, ReefDoctor conducts applied marine research and promotes conservation and resource management through outreach, education, and community development projects. These programmes are designed with the local fishing community at heart and share a core value of sustainability. As an integral and respected member of the community, ReefDoctor works in collaboration with village presidents, fishermen and tourist operators in order to address the issues affecting the Bay of Ranobe community.