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A majority of Hawaii visitors are aware of the impact of sunscreen chemicals on coral, but there’s still work that needs to be done. That’s according to a new survey from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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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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Oxybenzone may soon become a thing of the past. Yesterday, Hawaiʻi lawmakers approved a state-wide ban on the sale of sunscreen containing the chemical. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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The State Legislature is considering a bill to ban two sunscreen ingredients over concerns they harm the state’s reefs.  But not everybody agrees that’s the right thing to do. Contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Hawai‘i Island.

Reef Safe Sunscreen on Maui

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This week is a busy one for Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. And while another record year is expected for tourism, more people at the beach means plenty of sunscreen ends up in the ocean. There’s now a movement in Maui County to ban sunscreen containing chemicals that scientists say are harming the reefs. We get more from HPR contributing reporter Colleen Uechi of The Maui News

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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.