The work presented in this thesis is a study of the spatial genetic structure of two species of scleractinian corals, Pocillopora damicornis and Platygyra daedalea. The overall objective was to investigate the current capacity of MPAs to preserve and restore coral reefs and to contribute information to improve management decisions. Samples were taken from 11 sites along the coast of Kenya. In addition P. daedalea was sampled from one site on each of the islands of Unguja (Zanzibar archipelago) and Mafia in Tanzania.