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Hawaii scientists have started to prepare for a major coral reef bleaching event due to warmer-than-average ocean temperatures, officials said.

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Agriculture Conference; Kauai Water Study; Coral Ko`a Card; Arts Roundup

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will set sail on the research vessel Oscar Elton Sette Tuesday to search the waters around the Hawaiian Islands for coral bleaching.

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It’s now commonly known that many chemicals commonly found in sunscreen are harmful to coral reefs. But that link wasn’t established until 2015 and many challenges to mitigating the negative effects remain.

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The world of Marine science is morning one of its own. Ruth Gates lost her battle with brain cancer last week. She was the director of the Hawaii Institute of Biology and was a champion of coral reefs.

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A team of scientists gathered today at the East-West Center to talk about our crisis coral and the need to stage an intervention. To some it’s “Doctor Doolittle meets CSI” because researchers believe they can’t just document the change on the reefs, they have to act to save them. We talked to Bob Richmond director of the UH Kewalo Marine Laboratory who is part of the Council of reef experts about the meeting.

Pockets of Hope Amid Bleached Reefs

Jul 2, 2018
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The decline of coral reefs around the world is a troubling sign for the planet’s future. Corals are host to many other creatures, and when reefs die, entire ecosystems can be wiped out. As bleaching events and human impacts continue to raise concerns, researchers at the University of Hawaii have found some pockets of resilience, where damaged reefs have been able to slowly recover. 

The Conversation: Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Jul 2, 2018
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Sex Trafficking; Solar Desalination; Coral Resilience; Antarctica Exhibit

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Coral reefs are a focus for many scientists here in Hawai‘i and around the world. A new government study of Japan’s largest coral reef confirms what scientists have been saying. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Nov 16, 2017
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Health Science of Vaping; Hawaii Island Bus System; New Data on Coral Bleaching

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Northwest Hawaiian Islands Coral Health; Economic Slowdown; Gender Pay Gap

Sustainable Reefs and Aquarium Fish

Jun 1, 2017
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Flickr / NOAA Photo Library

A bill awaiting Governor Ige's signature would end the commercial collecting of Hawaii reef wildlife for the aquarium trade. The legislature passed SB 1240, requiring the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop a plan that factors in sustainability when it comes to Hawai'i reef fish and the aquarium trade. It's a bill strongly backed by Robert Wintner—president of Snorkel Bob's Hawai'i, who contributed this commentary to Hawai'i Public Radio.

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging the public to be cautious when choosing sunscreen.

At an IUCN news conference, officials said a popular additive called Oxybenzone is being linked to coral death.  According to a new report, some 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions wind up in coral reefs around the world each year.

Bytemarks Café: Coral Reef Planning

Jul 5, 2016
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  We’ll find out what plans were made at the recent International Coral Reef Symposium. We’ve invited two of Hawaii’s preeminent coral researchers to detail what can be done to protect this important marine ecosystem? 

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Jeff Gunn / Flickr

Last week, we told you about an island in Thailand that has been so overrun with tourists that it’s now temporarily closed to visitors. It’s a movement that appears to be growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr
NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

  

  

Marine scientists are using some biology basics to protect Hawai‘i’s coral. 

Corals release their offspring as swimming larvae that eventually attach themselves to reefs and begin to transform into the skeleton of a coral head.  Researchers with the Hawai‘i Institute for Marine Biology have identified the molecular toolkit used by coral to build their skeletons.

The Conversation: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

May 2, 2016
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Crowd-funding Open Government; Past and Future Conservation in Hawai‘i; HART Chair Colleen Hanabusa; New Discoveries About Coral Growth

Hui for Good Government Crowd-funding: Keiko Bonk

NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr
NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

The health of coral reefs continues to be a focus for marine biologists and researchers in Hawai‘i and around the world.  A team in Australia has just returned with an update on the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The survey’s lead scientist says coral bleaching in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef is changing it forever.  A team from James Cook University examined 520 reefs in the area, only 4 showed no evidence of bleaching.

NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr
NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

The health of coral reefs continues to be a focus for marine biologists and researchers in Hawai‘i and around the world.  A team in Australia has just returned with an update on the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The survey’s lead scientist says coral bleaching in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef is changing it forever.  A team from James Cook University examined 520 reefs in the area, only 4 showed no evidence of bleaching.

The Conversation: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Mar 23, 2016

Cigarette Tax; Coral Health; Youth Sports Concussions; Musicians Nick and Danny Kaleikini

 SB2690, Increase Excise Tax on Cigarettes and Little Cigars: Tom Yamachika  

Paul / Flickr
Paul / Flickr

The health of coral reefs is a critical concern not just for Hawai‘i, but for all parts of the Asia Pacific. And recent developments from Southeast Asia and off the coast of Australia have not been encouraging. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

Coral bleaching hit Hawaii's reefs in 2014, and then again last year when as much as 30% of our reefs were affected by a surge of warm water.  Now, ocean scientists attending a meeting in New Orleans are hearing that what's already the longest coral bleaching event in history could extend through this year, and well into 2017.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.