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Shipwrecks removed from refuges in restoration effort

Two invasive species are overtaking coral around Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef

By Timothy Hurley

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 31, 2014

~~<p>In a move to protect some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed three shipwrecks from Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef national wildlife refuges 1,000 miles south of Hono&shy;lulu.</p>
<p>The $5.5 million operation was the first phase of a coral reef restoration project designed to rid the refuges of a growing &quot;black reef&quot; problem, a phenomenon in which a diverse coral reef is transformed into one dominated by a single, invasive species.</p>
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In a move to protect some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed three shipwrecks from Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef national wildlife refuges 1,000 miles south of Hono­lulu.

The $5.5 million operation was the first phase of a coral reef restoration project designed to rid the refuges of a growing "black reef" problem, a phenomenon in which a diverse coral reef is transformed into one dominated by a single, invasive species. Login for more...



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