Spotlight on EOR volunteers: Peyton Williams

Peyton Williams

Mahalo Peyton for helping to care for Hawaii’s reefs!!

Peyton attended his first training with Eyes of the Reef about a year ago and he is now one of our EOR instructors!! Peyton has helped EOR tremendously by giving trainings and conducting outreach at many community events on Oahu. As a volunteer organization Eyes of the Reef depends on folks, like Peyton, to help promote coral reef conservation in Hawaii. Peyton hails from Charlottesville, VA, where he did graduate research in terrestrial ecology at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Labs and was a member the UGA Institute of Ecology. He has held a variety of positions, including ecologist, Orange Co., VA, and environmental staff officer at the Army National Guard Environmental Office, Washington, D.C. As a volunteer, he has worked on a variety of projects for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and served as a Clean Water Captain, and trained Steward for CBF. He also was a trained Virginia Tree Steward. He is an active participant in REEF fish surveys and trained as a coral reef restorer with Coral Restoration Foundation. He currently works as a dive instructor at Dive Oahu.   (more…)


New article on black band disease on Kauai

BBD 2015 CD-Black band disease on Kauai 2015.  Click to download (more…)

Congratulations to the first class of EOR Primary Responders!


New article on coral health and marine managed areas

Click to download!

coral health paper

Marine Life ID Workshop!

Species Identification Flier

Looking for Coral Bleaching Updates?

ReefResponse_ScreenshotAll updates from DLNR on coral bleaching are being posted here:

Check it out for videos, survey results, and more.

CALL TO ACTION: Report coral bleaching!


Coral Bleaching Warning for Kona Coast

This morning, September 22, 2014, the NOAA Coral Reef Watch has issued a Coral Bleaching Warning for Kona Coast on the Big Island and Kahoolawe. Please keep your eyes open and report any coral bleaching to Eyes of the Reef.


Flying Gurnard Update: EOR reports of fish washing up on Oahu shores

On July 1st and 2nd, the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) received several reports through the Eyes of the Reef Network and the Oahu Monk Seal Foundation of dead fish washing up on beaches in Waikiki, Ko Olina, and Nanakuli on the island of Oahu. (more…)

Current Conditions Report – Spring 2014


About Eyes of the Reef….

The Eyes of the Reef Network (EOR) is an effective statewide reporting system that enables all community members and ocean users to contribute to the long-term protection of our local reefs.

Pollution, climate change, poor land practices and increasing recreational and extractive activities create environmental conditions on coral reefs that foster coral disease and coral bleaching, support the spread of invasive species, and threaten reef health. Without initial sightings by the local “eyes” on our reefs, such occurrences may go unnoticed until it is too late.


EOR offers free trainings to give people with all levels of ocean knowledge – community members, reef users, tourists, fishers, commercial operators, scientists, and reef managers – the skills to identify and report threats to Hawai‘i’s reefs. We also offer local monitoring and educational support in your area. Contact your Island Coordinator to learn more about the programs available in your area.

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