Join us in the Waikiki Aquarium Classroom for a seminar by Brian Neilson, an aquatic biologist with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and Dr. Bruce Anderson, from the Department of Aquatic Resources.
In the summers of 2014 and 2015 mass coral bleaching events killed many corals across Hawaii. Coral bleaching is a stress response in corals triggered in this case by high ocean temperatures that causes the coral animal to expel zooxanthellae, the dinoflagellates that provide coral polyps with much of their energy. The goal of the Coral Bleaching Recovery Plan was to identify management responses that the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) could implement to promote recovery from the bleaching event. A combination of an expert survey, workshop, and literature analysis led to a ranked list of interventions thought to have the greatest ecological benefit to recovering corals. Establishing no-take marine protected areas and herbivore fishery management areas ranked highly in the final list. DAR is incorporating the findings of this plan into the Marine 30x30 Initiative, which aims to achieve effective management in 30% of Hawaii’s nearshore waters by 2030.
This event is FREE to the public but we do as that you RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hawaiis-coral-bleaching-recovery-plan-identifying-actions-to-promote-recovery-following-a-mass-tickets-45353433340?aff=ehomecard