Habitat Focus Areas

Relax, Don’t Stress: Health and Potential of West Hawaiʻi Coral Reefs to Recover

Relax, Don’t Stress: Health and Potential of West Hawaiʻi Coral Reefs to Recover

Hawaiʻi’s cherished underwater environment has been wavering between seasons of health and seasons of stress in recent years. Now managers of Hawaiian coral reefs are monitoring vital signs after the NOAA Coral Reef Watch report on the world’s worst coral bleaching and die-off ever recorded, which began in 2014 but is predicted by […]

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Fish congregating on deep benthic coral reef habitat in the waters of the West Hawai'i Habitat Focus Area.

Deeper Views of Reefs in West Hawaiʻi

Managers of Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs are “seeing” some reefs for the first time, thanks to new maps that reveal places difficult for divers to visit. This fundamental information is important, because the health and abundance of valuable fishes and corals depend on their habitats. Results are showing that deeper reefs may provide […]

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