coral reef

NOAA Photo Library / Flickr
NOAA Photo Library / Flickr

  Scientists working to prevent coral reef destruction have stumbled onto some good news.

In one of the largest global studies reef studies, researchers discovered fifteen “Bright Spots” where reefs were doing better than expected.   The areas weren’t always pristine… but had more fish, and were more resilient to human impact and unfavorable environmental conditions.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Sustainable seafood is an important part of Hawai‘i’s local diet.  The Hawai‘i Seafood Council lists sixteen species of wild and sustainable fish that come from waters around the islands.  But the waters around the Philippines are facing new challenges when it comes to sustainable fishing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Leading Coral Experts Prepare For Symposium in Hawaii

May 11, 2016
Flickr / NOAA's National Ocean Service
Flickr / NOAA's National Ocean Service

Hundreds of the world’s top ocean scientists will gather in Honolulu next month for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. It’s the first time the conference will be held in Hawai‘i. 

Leading coral experts say it’s a critical time for our reefs. Warming sea temperatures and increased ocean acidification are continuing to stress these ecosystems. Human activity has also taken a toll: overfishing, runoff of sewage and sediments from the shore.

The Conversation: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

May 2, 2016
Flickr - Ben Wagner

Crowd-funding Open Government; Past and Future Conservation in Hawai‘i; HART Chair Colleen Hanabusa; New Discoveries About Coral Growth

Hui for Good Government Crowd-funding: Keiko Bonk

NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr
NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

Understanding the DNA of life in Hawai‘i’s coral reefs may hold the key to protecting diversity through changing conditions.

The Conversation: Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Mar 31, 2016
Flickr - USFWS Pacific Region

Coral Reef Dredging; History of Pacific Nuclear Testing; Public-Private Partnership on Homelessness; Development in Waikiki; Jane Hirshfield Poetry 

Coral Reef Dredging in the South China Sea: Professor Camilo Mora

Paul Jokiel
Paul Jokiel

It is often said that the coral reefs of Hawaiʻi are the tropical rainforests of the ocean. Just as the land forests of the Hawaiian islands are home to an incredibly diverse selection of ecosystems, so too are the coral reefs.

Christopher Phillips explains...

DLNR Announces Coral Reef Management Plan

Nov 17, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

Opponents of commercial aquarium fish collecting in Hawai’i were handed a setback today by the state.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Raphael Ritson-Williams
Raphael Ritson-Williams

Researchers with the University of Hawaii at Manoa are being honored for their work to understand and reverse coral bleaching. The team headed by Ruth Gates and Madeleine van Oppen from the Australian Institute of Marine Science attempts to grow coral that’s resistant to the effects of global warming and rising levels of acid in the water.

UH Biologists Use Super Coral to Build a Better Reef

May 29, 2014
Flickr / pixtory
Flickr / pixtory

Coral reefs around the world are showing signs of decline. Recent climate assessments indicate the ocean’s temperature and acidity levels are rising. Those trends are particularly harmful to Hawaii, which is home to more than 60% of the nation’s coral. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, scientists at the University of Hawaii are working hard to make sure our reefs have a future.

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