Maui’s Coral Reefs: There has been a decline in Maui County’s reef health as documented over the last decade by the State Division of Aquatic Resources.
Coral depends on clean water to create a healthy living environment. And, according to the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council a 2014 report done by the Hawaii State Department of Health monitoring the quality of water showed that compared to any other island in the state Maui has the most impaired waters.
Why are healthy reefs important?
The health if Maui’s coral reefs are something that everyone, visitors and locals alike, should care about. Coral reefs are the basis for an entire ecosystem. Once coral dies the ecosystem that is built upon it will eventually collapse as creatures die or move on to another area.
What can I do to help protect reefs?
There are numerous things you can do to help with the conservation of reefs that range from large acts of kindness, like volunteering for clean up missions, to smaller every day acts, like composting biodegradable waste in your garden.
Good management can save our reefs.Dr. Cynthia Hunter, Ph.D.
Healthy coral reefs are exceedingly important. Reefs support bustling diverse ecosystems that provide shelter to a fourth of all identified marine species and act as natural barriers, which protect the coastline from the ocean’s pounding waves.
Additionally, coral reefs are also known as “medicine chests of the sea”, with a number of its marine creatures producing compounds that have been used for human application, including treatments for cardiovascular diseases and leukemia! Coral reefs support numerous industries from food to medicine to tourism, and it is up to us to assist in their conservation and protection.