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Reefs are priceless

October 27, 2011
The Maui Weekly

As the Hawai'i coral reef system has continued to be killed year after year, "the crazy environmental crowd" has continuously challenged the numerous issues like land-based pollution from runoff, poor fishing practices, sewage dumping, lack or regulation and poor enforcement of the regulations government did put in place.

When government and commercial entities stated that demanded mitigation was too expensive, many of the "greenies" said the reefs were priceless.

Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) implies they were wrong by setting a value of $33.57 billion just for coral reefs around the "main Hawaiian Islands."

So will this help those only concerned with monetary value to decide it is time to do something? Future generations may look back to say $33.57 billion was too low an estimate-that they were priceless after all.

Mike Moran Kihei



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