The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative

The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research Program is jointly managed by Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources / Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and the University of Hawaii (UH) through a December 1998 Memorandum of Understanding. This partnership between resource managers and researchers is the foundation of HCRI-RP as it strives to become an innovative, results-driven, and science-based program.

A Management Committee was established through the MOU to serve as the governing body for HCRI-RP. The Committee presently includes three representatives from the Division of Aquatic Resources, one from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, two from the University of Hawaii, and one from the Pacific Science Association/Bishop Museum.

HCRI-RP sponsors monitoring of the state's coral reefs and research on the major threats to them. Results provide resource managers with information to help effectively and efficiently manage Hawaii's coral reefs. Over its first four years, the program has received nearly $3 million in Congressional funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (NOAA/CSCOR), home of the Coastal Ocean Program (NOAA/COP). NOAA/COP is part of the National Ocean Service (NOAA/NOS) and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NOAA/NCCOS).