Reefwatch Marine Conservation

reef watchReef Watch Marine Conservation is a Non Government Organization (NGO) with a research-based agenda on Marine Conservation and Environment. Established in 1993 as a Research and Education Organization by Prahlad and Mitali Kakar, RWMC is dedicated to the protection of India¹s marine heritage.

RWMC’s efforts have put many coral species and marine fauna under the Wildlife Protection Act, and it has been nominated as a Member of the National Board for Wildlife, Govt. of India in May 2007.

RWMC work focuses primarily on marine and coastal conservation. The RWMC research team has done extensive work in monitoring and documenting spatio-temporal changes in coral reef ecosystems in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and in the Lakshadweep Islands.

RWMC has been doing research on endangered marine animals and critical habitats for their effective conservation and management, and has been instrumental in getting legal protection to several marine endangered species under Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972).

Programme Areas:



International Coastal Cleanup

Conservation and Management of Key Marine Ecosystems

Traditional Knowledge & Sustainable Livelihoods.

Marine Pollution

Marine Wildlife

Integrated Coastal Management

Training, Capacity Building, Education and Awareness

Law, Policy Analysis, Advocacy for Marine and Coastal Conservation & Management

Underwater documentaries, photography and filming

RWMC is trying to bring representatives from Industry, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the BMC, Science & Technology, Environment Conservation and prominent citizens on a common platform in order to bring the degradation of Mumbai’s marine environment into perspective.

RWMC’s mission is to translate scientific concern to popular understanding; an integrated movement to protect and nurture the diversity of life on earth can take place only when the oceans are part of our consciousness.


Reefwatch provides technical guidance, logistic support and equipment for underwater research to Marine Biology students seeking field Research experience. Reefwatch also encourages volunteer participation on its ongoing projects.


Contact address:

Reef Watch Marine Conservation

Priyanka Building., Ground Floor,

50 St Paul’s Road,

Bandra (W),

Mumbai – 400050.


Phone: 91 22 26518223/26518206

Fax: 91 22 26518209