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Coral protection rules stiffened

By Associated Press

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The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says it's strengthening its ability to penalize those who intentionally or negligently damage coral on a large scale.

The department said new rules that went into effect Thursday will improve the state's enforcement and stiffen penalties for damage.

Coral reef provides vital habitat for fish and helps protect shoreline areas during storms. It also supports Hawaii's snorkeling and scuba diving industries.

But it can take just minutes for a careless ocean user to kill coral that's taken hundreds of years to grow.

In 2009 the state fined a Maui tour company nearly $400,000 for damaging more than 1,200 coral colonies when one of its boats sank on a pristine reef at Molo­kini.





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leino wrote:
There are lots of ocean resources that need protection and stewardship. It is good to see some legislation in place to help. The ocean needs all of the help it can get through research, education, rules/laws, and enforcement and volunteers. We all want a healthy ocean environment today and far into the future.
on May 3,2014 | 06:40AM
SueH wrote:
OK........So what ARE the "new" rules that DLNR in their infinite wisdom and ability are prepared to enforce??
on May 3,2014 | 08:41AM
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