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Sparks to Discuss Maui’s Reefs

July 8, 2010
Maui Weekly

The free event will begin at 6 p.m.

Sparks said, “I will present the results of over 15 years of coral reef ecosystem monitoring. Many of Maui’s nearshore reefs have experienced significant declines in living coral cover. Along with these declines in coral, some reefs have eroded away, losing the structural complexity necessary to support healthy fish stocks.

“In some cases, these declines can be traced to impacts from land-based activities… but in most cases, these declines are the results of numerous factors acting together to reduce overall reef ecosystem health. We will go through examples of documented reef and fish declines and discuss various (state Department of Land & Natural Resources) management efforts that have been initiated to help reduce these stressors and help restore reef health.”



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