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DLNR NEWS RELEASE: 2015 Coral bleaching season has begun in Hawaii

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology are collectively monitoring the extent of coral bleaching from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands/Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to the main Hawaiian Islands.  NOAA has long predicted a severe coral bleaching event for August-October 2015 in Hawaii and researchers are seeing evidence of this now.

2015 Hawaii Coral Bleaching Outlook

Date:         Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Time:         11:00 a.m.

Kalanimoku Building, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Makai Breezeway outside Room 131 (DLNR Chairperson’s Office)

·        Brian Neilson, aquatic biologist, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources
·        Dr. Courtney Couch, researcher, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
·        Dr. Ruth Gates, director, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Experts will provide updates on the extent of coral bleaching across the Hawaiian archipelago,
information on what’s ahead and tips on what people can do to help preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems across the state.

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