Living on an island, you should already realize that we are surrounded by water and what that means.
Protecting yellow tang
A network of nine protected areas along the West Hawaii coastline is nurturing new generations of yellow tang to stock local reefs and aquariums around the world.
Once-vibrant reefs are gone
The best place to see vibrant coral reefs in Maalaea may be at the Maui Ocean Center. The popular aquarium displays an abundant range of marine life that no longer exists in the adjacent bay, which has experienced a total collapse of its underwater ecosystem in recent years, due largely to human impacts.
Call grows to step up Hawaii reef protection
A growing chorus of marine scientists, resource managers and reef conservation groups are calling for additional protected areas in Hawaii waters, where fishing would be banned or severely restricted.
Community vital part of saving Hawaii reefs
If Malama Maunalua succeeds in its grass-roots effort to restore the health of Maunalua Bay, the project is expected to serve as a general framework for other Hawaii communities trying to stem the deterioration of their coastal marine environments.
Communities key to reef protection
When Angie Hofmann started doing volunteer work for a marine conservation program in 2003, most tourists she talked to knew little or nothing about Hawai'i's reefs. Once she gave her pitch, though, the visitors usually got the message: The reefs are the foundation for the nearshore ecosystem and need protection from a variety of threats, most linked to human activities.
From pristine reefs to coral wastelands
The scientific projections are ominous. If substantial steps aren't taken globally to counter the effects of climate change, reefs in Hawai'i and around the world eventually could become coral wastelands, decimated by increasingly acidic and warming ocean
Enforcing conservation rules a challenge
The 120 or so state officers charged with protecting and policing Hawai'i's natural resources face a daunting challenge. Their kuleana is vast — more than 750 miles of coastline (fourth longest in the U.S.) and millions of acres of ocean, land and coral reefs.
Few patrol vast area to protect Isle waters
A team of four state conservation and resource enforcement officers waited to board a 36-foot rigid-hull inflatable vessel as it eased off a trailer into the brown, soupy water of the Ma'alaea Small Boat Harbor for a routine patrol off the coast of South Maui.
Moloka'i's reef is choking to death
It also is a vital marine and cultural resource. Experts say South Moloka'i's reef flat —the wide, shallow section closest to shore — probably is the most productive in the main Islands for harvesting of reef fish and invertebrates.
Divers target invasive species
Spear fishermen bagged more than 300 fish during yesterday's Roi Round-up Dive Tournament targeting three invasive species that threaten the health of Maui's reefs.
Protecting ocean reefs requires effort on land
Before East Honolulu was paved over to build houses, stormwater runoff from the Ko'olau mountains would be absorbed by marshlands before reaching the ocean. Now much of that water, falling on pavement and channeled by concrete storm drains and hardened stream beds, runs directly into Maunalua Bay.
'Sediment is the death that keeps on killing' our reefs
After a heavy rainstorm in December, the water at the foot of a concrete-lined stream emptying into Maunalua Bay turned an ugly chocolate color. Over several hours, an estimated 20 tons of sediment and other pollutants washed into the East Honolulu bay, and the brownish-red plume extended seaward about the length of two football fields.
Island reefs await extra protection
Reef-protection groups are awaiting approval of federal permits to install 52 day-use mooring buoys in a continuing effort to reduce the damage caused when boat anchors crush fragile coral colonies and destroy large swaths of underwater habitat.
Port Royal left 'scar' in reef
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources yesterday released, for the first time, underwater photos of the "substantial" reef damage it says was caused by the 3 1/2-day grounding of the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal in February.
7 new species of coral identified
Scientists yesterday announced they have identified seven new species of bamboo coral in the deep waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The discoveries resulted from a NOAA-funded research mission to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that also found a 5-foot-tall yellow bamboo coral tree that had never been described before, new beds of deep-water coral and sponges, and a giant sponge scientists dubbed the "cauldron sponge" that is approximately 3 feet tall and 3 feet across.
Divers spear 218 invasive reef fish
Three species of invasive reef fish were targeted in a recent spearfishing tournament held in conjunction with the International Year of the Reef.
How to keep our oceans thriving
See a replay of the "Man, Land & Sea" forum held at the Pacific Club, bringing together the perspectives of government, culture, business and commerce in the management of our fisheries and marine resources. More»
Man, Land & Sea discussion
How can we change our activities on land and in the sea to better protect our coral reef system? Share your ideas. More»