The 3 most basic things you should know.
Oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor and butylparaben are all terribly harmful to coral reefs. The majority of sunscreens contain oxybenzone (also referred to as Benzophenone-3 or BP-3), which is incredibly toxic and is known to be one of the biggest factors of coral bleaching.
Everything is connected
Bombing a Reef
Hope for the Future
Listening for Parrotfish
Mauka Makai Connection
What can I do to help protect reefs?
Good management can save our reefs.Dr. Cynthia Hunter, Ph.D.
The parrotfish are threatened because they are one of the favorite targets of local spear-fishermen.Marc Lammers, President, Oceanwide Science Institute
Most people understand that watersheds affect the reefs.Ku’ulei Rodgers, Principal Investigator, Coral Reef Ecology Lab
…I can be part of the solution to help things get better and as long as we’re all fighting the good fight to save our coral reefs, there is hope…Mark Hixon, Hsiao Endowed Professor of Marine Biology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
There are groups of people, especially native people, on the island, who do Pono fishing. They know that it must be sustainable for the future.Mark Hixon, Hsiao Endowed Professor of Marine Biology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
One good sized parrotfish makes over a ton of sand a year. So, you remove that individual from the reef and that’s one ton less of sand that you have.Alan Friedlander, Ph.D., University of Hawai’i at Manoa
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 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.