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Pollution, climate change, and poor land use practices can create environmental conditions that foster coral disease and coral bleaching, support the spread of invasive species and threaten reef health. Detecting the early signs of any of these events on our local reefs requires a wide network of observers providing regular reports of conditions throughout the region. The Eyes of the Reef network has been designed to provide reliable reports on coral bleaching, disease, invasive species and changing reef conditions throughout Hawai‘i. (more…)
Becoming an Eyes of the Reef member is easy. Attend a training in your area and keep your eyes open. That’s it!
Hawaii’s reefs need you. Hawaii’s reefs span an enormous geographical area making it difficult for resource managers to detect the early onset of coral bleaching, disease, Crown-of-Thorn Seastars and and invasive species outbreaks. Reef users are essential in helping managers monitor reefs, providing the critical mass of ‘eyes on our reefs’ needed to detect and respond to events in a timely manner. (more…)
Eyes of the Reef members are an important part of the first tier of Hawaii’s Rapid Response Contingency Plan. In addition to acting as eyes on Hawaii’s reefs, our members are also helping in other ways.
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.