Social Changes Are Needed To Halt Destruction Of Maui’s Coral Reefs
Source: Maui Weekly
July 24, 2008
Evidence that our coral reefs are in trouble is literally all around us. In 1972, the reefs near Ma‘alaea Bay on Maui were described as being “striking in their diversity and in the presence of rare coral species.” But by 1993, according to officials at the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), that coral cover had degraded to 50 to 75 percent. Today, they estimate the coverage to be only 8 percent. The collapse of our reefs, they said, is occurring on a global basis.
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