Mideast Coral Reef Society


The Mideast Coral Reef Society (MCRS) is an association of researchers and members of governmental, non-governmental, academic, industry and private sector organizations. Our collective mission centers around the exploration and preservation of the rich tapestry of Middle Eastern reefs, spanning the ROPME Sea Area (RSA), including the Persian/Arabian Gulf, the Sea of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea.

At MCRS, we foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise. By bridging the gap between academia and other sectors, we aim to cultivate a profound understanding of these unique ecosystems. Our ultimate goal is to champion their conservation and promote their sustainable utilization.

Areas of Interest 

Coral communities of the Middle East and its surrounding seas are the primary areas of interest of the MCRS Initiative. Also of interest are coral communities in extreme environments in the Mideast and elsewhere. The interest is focused on, but not limited to, coral reefs and their associated communities and includes biotic and abiotic factors affecting these communities.


The MCRS Initiative is supported by more than 50 representatives of high profile, international academic and non-academic organizations. The MCRS Initiative promotes collaboration among researchers and knowledge exchange with organizations outside academia that share an interest in regional reefs. Finally, MCRS Initiative is intended to facilitate the formal foundation of the MCRS as a self-sustaining organization.

MCRS Initiative is jointly hosted by the New York University Abu Dhabi and the University of Southampton and is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, UK.