Bonefish Grill Partners with The Nature Conservancy to Help Restore Coral Reefs
Restaurant Embraces Nonprofit’s Mission to Plant One Million Corals by 2025
TAMPA, Fla. — The fresh fish experts at Bonefish Grill are joining The Nature Conservancy to increase awareness about the importance of protecting coral reefs and to help the nonprofit plant and restore one million corals by 2025. The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
This year marks the International Year of the Reef, a worldwide initiative to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs. Coral reefs are one of the most threatened marine systems, and scientists estimate that unless we take immediate action the world could lose up to 70 percent of coral reefs by 2050. Bonefish Grill is taking action by supporting the Conservancy’s Plant a Million Corals Initiative. The initiative seeks to restore more than one million corals across Florida and the Caribbean and share restoration and conservation practices with local communities.
“We are so excited to announce our partnership with The Nature Conservancy and thrilled to be the first corporate partner to support its Plant a Million Corals Initiative,” said David Schmidt, President of Bonefish Grill. “Bonefish Grill and our guests truly treasure the ocean’s bounties, so in addition to our contribution, we will join together in shining a spotlight on the importance of the Conservancy’s efforts.”
During a series of Celebration Nights – launching June 5-11 at Bonefish Grill locations nationwide – Bonefish Grill guests will enjoy a coral reef-inspired cocktail, designed to increase awareness of the Conservancy’s coral reef restoration efforts. A handcrafted Coral Reef Punch inspired by the tropics includes a mix of rum, coconut rum, passion fruit flavors, house-made vanilla bean simple syrup, fresh-squeezed orange and pineapple juice.
The largest living structures on the planet, coral reefs are home to 25 percent of all marine species and provide critical resources. In addition to food, coral reefs provide: a means for income that sustaining 500 million people, protection from storms as they break wave energy, ingredients for medicines, and incredible places to play and learn. However, over the last 30 years, ocean acidification, increased temperatures, overfishing and unplanned coastal development have caused coral cover in the Caribbean and Florida to decline by 50 to 80 percent.
"Tackling the challenges facing coral reefs in Florida, the Caribbean and beyond requires cooperation and coordination across government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors,” said Dr. Joseph Pollock, Coral Strategy Director for The Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean. "By teaming with The Conservancy to raise awareness of the plight of coral reefs and support on-the-ground action to protect and restore them, Bonefish Grill has shown its commitment to turning the tide on coral reef decline."
To learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s important work and find out how to get involved in supporting the nonprofit’s initiatives, please visit https://www.bonefishgrill.com/tnc.
About Bonefish Grill®
Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish from around the world, savory wood-grilled specialties and hand-crafted cocktails. Guests receive "chef's coat service" and are guided through an innovative, seasonal menu, unique specials and locally-created Neighborhood Catch dishes, featuring the highest-quality and fresh ingredients. The Bonefish experience helps guests Escape the Ordinary, and is based on the premise of simplicity, consistency and a strong commitment to excellence at every level. Earn up to 50% off every fourth visit by joining Dine Rewards™ at www.dine-rewards.com. For more information, visit www.bonefishgrill.com, www.Facebook.com/BonefishGrill, follow on Twitter @bonefishgrill and on Instagram @bonefishgrill.
About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.