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Taking Action for Our Ocean – Water Quality and Coral Reef Preservation

Maui County’s reefs are a vital part of our island community. We depend on coral reefs to provide food, support thousands of jobs and protect our shorelines from storm surge and erosion. According to the State of Hawaii Department of Health, Maui has Hawaii’s most polluted coastal waters. From 2012-2014, 90% of the water samples collected in Maui coastal waters failed to meet State standards. DT Fleming Beach Park and many other places face chronic brown water events.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is a respected Maui-based nonprofit organization recognized for their ability to work in partnership with the community toward a vision of clean ocean water, healthy coral reefs and thriving native fish. They are celebrating 10 years of making a difference.

Coral reef health has declined significantly over the past few decades, and without healthy reefs, the entire marine ecosystem suffers, threatening the local food supply and negatively impacting tourism.

By regularly testing ocean water quality along Maui’s west-facing coast, the group is providing essential data to local decision makers. Their program to reduce runoff pollution into Ma’alaea Harbor and reintroduce native oysters to help filter and clean the water has generated considerable interest.

Presentation: Maui Nui Marine Resource Council will share how their Maui-based nonprofit believes in the power of community involvement, partnerships and public education to solve these and other problems that undermine the quality of our nearshore ocean waters and coral reefs. Speakers include Amy Hodges, Megan Edgar, and Anne Rillero.  They will share their latest water findings and coral report. Q & A to follow their presentation. Please join us.

What: Akakū Upstairs presents: Taking Action for Our Ocean – Water Quality and Coral Reef  Preservation with Maui Nui Marine Resource Council

Where: 333 Dairy Rd. Ste. 204 Kahului, HI 96732

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019  from 6pm – 7:30pm

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