Hawai‘i’s Coral Reef Strategy

EOR Members: first tier of Hawai‘i’s Rapid Response Plan

Trained Eyes of the Reef members are the core of a statewide early detection and monitoring network  for coral bleaching, diseases, Crown-of-Thorn Seastars and aquatic invasives species.   The Eyes of the Reef Network is the first tier of a rapid response protocol developed by the Division of Aquatic Resources, the Climate Change and Marine Disease Local Action Strategy and the Aquatic Invasives Species Local Action Strategy.

About the Hawai‘i Coral Reef Strategy
The Hawai‘i Coral Reef Strategy (HCRS) includes priorities from Hawaii’s six Local Action Strategies (LAS) and other program priorities. It was created after multiple interviews and workshops with resource managers, biologists, advisory groups, reviews of plans, and studies of comments from public meetings held around the state. The HCRS is the guiding document used by the Division of Aquatic Resources’ Coral Program. The coral program supports critical program support, planning efforts, community action, awareness-raising activities, and scientific research with direct management applications. Key outcomes of this work include greater capacity to enforce coral reef protections, increased understanding of the key threats to reef ecosystems at priority sites, and substantial progress towards implementing objectives of the HCRS including the LAS’s.