Healthy corals in Maui.Photo by CORAL staff

Hawai’i

Hawai’i’s coral reefs, which provide resources valued at over $10 billion, are threatened by the state’s growing population and thriving tourism industry. Both urban areas and popular tourist destinations are suffering from land-based sources of pollution, overfishing, recreational overuse, and aquatic invasive species. Despite these human stressors, many of Hawa’i’s coral reefs, particularly the remote ones, are still in good condition. CORAL is actively engaged in protecting Hawai’i’s reefs and helping them thrive.

CORAL has many exciting initiatives in Hawai’i designed to increase community awareness and stewardship of reefs, as well as to tackle local threats to the reefs. Our initiatives include helping establish Voluntary Standards for Marine Tourism in West Hawaii, as well as our Hotel Reef Stewardship Project, which promotes sustainable tourism and reef stewardship within the state’s accommodations sector. We are also helping citizen scientists provide valuable coral reef monitoring data through our online Coral Reef Monitoring Data Portal. We worked with a number of conservation partners to establish the successful Take a Bite out of Fish Feeding education and awareness campaign, which is designed to eliminate the feeding of reef fish and the sale of fish food. More than 30 Hawai’i-based marine recreation businesses have pledged their support. CORAL and its partners have also created a series of educational Respecting Coral Reefs interpretive signs. Local businesses and organizations can “adopt” a sign and fund its installation near heavily trafficked visitor areas.

One of our newer—but most critical—strategies is to work with the community to find solutions to local water pollution problems. 

Read more about our our water quality work and other projects in Hawai’i »

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