Protected waters are best for reefs, Maui survey finds
By Timothy Hurley firstname.lastname@example.org
March 15, 2019
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Five of the most resilient reefs among surveyed sites on Maui’s south and west shores are within or adjacent to state-managed areas or offshore of a federal wildlife refuge, according to the 2018 survey by The Nature Conservancy. Above, the Ahihi Kina‘u Natural Area Reserve had one of the five most resilient reefs found.
Sediment runoff is one of the biggest threats to the health of coral reefs, along with nutrient pollution, fishing pressures, coastal development, warming waters and increasing ocean acidification.