Progress in Hawaii
CORAL has launched a number of exciting initiatives in Hawaii, including the development and successful balloting of voluntary standards for marine tourism in West Hawaii. We recently introduced a Hotel Reef Stewardship Project that promotes sustainable tourism and reef stewardship within the state's accommodations sector. We are also helping citizen scientists to 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 thirty Hawaii-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.
Reef Threats & Progress
Hawaii’s coral reefs, which provide resources valued at US$10 billion, are threatened by the state’s growing population (currently 1.2 million) and thriving tourism industry (11 million annual visitors). 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 Hawaii’s coral reefs, particularly the remote ones, are still in good condition. CORAL is actively engaged in protecting Hawaii’s reefs and helping them thrive.
Our Partners in Hawaii
Because of CORAL's recent success in developing voluntary marine standards and building effective cooperative alliances, the State of Hawaii has invited us to participate in other projects that will ensure the safety and health of coral reef ecosystems.