My wife and I have been traveling to Maui for several decades, enjoying the swimming and snorkeling all over the west and north coast. We live in San Diego. We typically stay in Wailea. Yesterday was our first trip to Honolua Bay. We were quite frankly distraught by what we saw. We have noticed that the coral has not looked as healthy since the boats started bringing over … [Read more...] about Eh Brah! What are you doing about the reef?
This month, the Maui Ocean Center celebrates its 20th anniversary. The aquarium, one of the largest in Hawaii, opened its doors in March 1998 (click here for info on its upcoming Mar. 18 "SeaLOVEbration"). Since then it’s steadily grown, though these days it seems to be changing–and expanding–faster than ever. Tapani Vuori, originally from Finland, took over as General Manager … [Read more...] about We talk story with Tapani Vuori about the Maui Ocean Center’s 20th anniversary
The environmental website Grist posted a sad, damning story on Friday, Jan. 5 about coral bleaching–one of many harbingers of the environmental disaster known as climate change. The story, which discusses a new paper published in the journal Science, concludes that coral bleaching events (caused when the ocean gets too warm, which causes the coral to expel the symbiotic algae … [Read more...] about More bad news about coral bleaching, both in Hawaii and around the world
Lately, there’s been a great deal of buzz about the health of Maui’s coral reefs. While not a new topic–the reefs have been threatened for many years–there are nonprofits, watersheds, scientists and marine biologists, Maui County officials and state departments like the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources working to sustain the reefs. The … [Read more...] about Maui’s reefs face many threats–here’s how you can help
Last month we reported that researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bishop Museum had officially described a new species of butterflyfish found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument's deep coral reefs. Researchers are only now studying these reefs in real detail, and now researchers have discovered more wonders in the deep … [Read more...] about Researchers discover unique species and extensive coral in deep reefs off Maui