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Hawaii’s coral reefs in fair shape but declining, report finds

  • COURTESY DAVID SLATER / THE NATURE CONSERVANCY / 2019
                                A status report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that the nation’s coral reefs are declining and vulnerable because of warming ocean waters, fishing, disease and pollution from the land. Fish swim above a reef off West Hawaii.

    COURTESY DAVID SLATER / THE NATURE CONSERVANCY / 2019

    A status report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that the nation’s coral reefs are declining and vulnerable because of warming ocean waters, fishing, disease and pollution from the land. Fish swim above a reef off West Hawaii.

Coral reefs in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, including those in Hawaii, were found to be in “fair” shape in the first-ever nationwide condition status report for U.S. coral reefs released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more

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