Hawaii Lost Half Of Coral Reefs After Bleaching Events In 2014-2015

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Hawaii is the latest in line in bleaching events and the trend is expected to continue

Coral reefs all around the world are experience the same devastating effect that bleaching brings upon coral reefs when water temperatures warm up. The latest in the line of reefs is Hawaii’s coral reefs.

Research has found that the health of the coral reefs around Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument crashed after the heat waves of 2014 and 2015. Back in September, a study published in the journal PLOS ONE found over 90 percent of the coral in the shallow waters around the island of Lisianski had suffered bleaching due to heat stress.

On top of those findings, the Associated Press reports that NOAA-affiliated scientists recent found a further 56 percent of the Big Island’s coral was bleached, along with 44 percent of West Maui’s, and 32 percent around Oahu. These findings were brought to lawmakers in Honolulu last week in an attempt to advise policy in addressing the issue.

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