coral reefs

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  KAILUA-KONA — A Hawaiʻi county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days.

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Hawaiʻi's coral reefs that dissipate offshore wave energy and act as undersea breakwaters provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study.