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Coral Outplanting Media Opportunity Rescheduled for May 1, 2018

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in Latest Department News


Document Fast-Grow Coral Pyramids Being Placed in the Ocean



More than two years ago, workers from the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources’ Ānuenue Coral Restoration Nursery on Sand Island Access Road embarked on a novel, first-of-its-kind endeavor, to “fast-grow” what are typically slow growing species of native Hawaiian coral species.  Over the past year nursery workers have transported five pyramids to Sand Island State Park and then swim each pyramid out into the ocean.  With the out planting the nursery is nearly ready to start scaling-up to full production shortly. When that happens, with some newer tanks and newer systems, the nursery can produce 220, large 42-centimeter pyramid modules each year.



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

11:00 a.m.



Sand Island State Park



  • David Gulko, Coral Ecologist, DLNR/DAR Ānuenue Coral Restoration Nursery



News media will have the opportunity to photograph and video the transfer of nursery-grown native coral “pyramids” into the near-shore waters off Sand Island.  Underwater HD video and photographs will be available.



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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager


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Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 131

Honolulu, HI  96813

[email protected]

[email protected]


(808) 587-0407 (Office)
(808) 295-8749 (Cell)