Coastal tropical marine environments are affected by the ocean itself as well as the relationships with the atmosphere above and terrestrial environments nearby. Any effort to understand them requires consideration and appreciation of all these. CRRF focuses on studies which range from the “tiny” to the “vast”, knowing all scales of nature are important and interrelated. Within our coastal and oceanic marine work we have attempted to integrate broad general considerations, the sort of thing the average person might find interesting, with the esoteric details that seem relevant only to a limited number of specialists. The adage that “the sea holds many secrets and they are all worth learning” guides much of our efforts. We are seekers of secrets and knowledge, and we never know where that knowledge will lead us.