Scientists are investigating
a coral disease that’s quickly spreading across the North shores of Kauai.
Large areas of reef are
covered with a type of cyano bacteria … and its killing coral at an alarming
Local biologist Terry Lilley
first alerted scientists of the outbreak last year, photographing the spread of
the bacterial disease.
Experts say it’s still
unclear why this is happening… but are working with state and federal agencies
to learn as much as they can about this growing epidemic.
Dr. Bernardo Vargas-Angel is
a coral disease specialist at NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
He’s organizing a team of
scientists to investigate the outbreak and looks forward to collaborating with
UH Manoa researchers.
Vargas-Angel plans to return
to Kauai to lead a full investigation starting in April.
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)