The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative
Projects

An Ecosystem Recovery Area in Maui Coastal Waters (Kahekili, Maui)
Dr. Celia Smith, PI


Since 1999, there has been a significant decrease in the number of reef building coral and crustose coralline algae cover in northwest Maui while the abundance of algae-in particular the invasive Acanthopora spicifera has increased sharply.  In order to understand the dynamics involved in the surge of harmful algal populations, the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative has sponsored Dr. Celia Smith to research and recommend practical solutions aimed at restoring the optimal environmental conditions necessary for corals to thrive. With this goal in mind, Dr. Smith’s project works with the state’s Division of Aquatic Resources in monitoring the algal impact from the area’s soon-to-be-established Herbivore Fisheries Management Area. In addition, results from the team's study of sewage effluent on coastal waters indicate that it may be a significant source of algal nutrients.

FY2009-2010 Project - Introduction PowerPoint Presentation (October 2009)
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FY2009-2010 Project - Progress Report PowerPoint Presentation (February 2010)
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FY2009-2010 Project - NOAA Progress Report (April 2010)
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FY2009-2010 Project – NOAA Final Report (October 2010)
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Final PowerPoint Presentation (October 2010)
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