Quantcast

Saturday, November 01, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Hawaii strengthens protections for coral reef

By Associated Press

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 09:06 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2014


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 Tuesday new rules will tighten the state's ability to enforce rules. The rules taking effect Thursday will also stiffen penalties for damage.

Coral reef provides vital habitat for fish and helps protect shoreline areas during storms. They also support 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.





More From The Star-Advertiser

Coral protection rules stiffened




 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(0)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions


IN OTHER NEWS
Breaking News