Due to the steady increase in coral reef degradation and global warming, DLNR plans on managing the coral reefs of Hawaii more severely in the coming years with the hope of maintaining them through these dangerous climate and environmental changes
Coral reefs are important to both the environment in which they reside, providing a source of food and shelter for diverse types of underwater creatures, and also to us humans, from a tourism point of view. But due to the increased pollution of our waters and overfishing of several fish species that periodically clean the reef, reefs are slowly starting to decrease.
The Department of Land And Natural Resources is now starting to plan a severe management of the reefs surrounding the islands of Hawaii to better combat their deterioration. By suspending the process of catching parrot fish and other such species that are tasked with cleaning the reef, they hope to somehow compensate pollution from both organic and inorganic elements. At this point, this is one of the less drastic approaches, but if the need occurs, the DLNR will start taking things to another more severe level.
Due to the rise of temperature and the increased acidity of the waters surrounding the islands, the death rate of reefs is slowly starting to overtake their rate of expansion, making their eventual demise a grim possibility in the near future. If the reefs die, the large number of fish species that rely on it constantly will disappear as well, giving a tremendous blow to the delicate balance within their ecosystem.
Elements such as pollution on a larger scale are a task far too big to tackle at this point, considering this has to be resolved on a global scale, not just the waters of Hawaii, making the DLNR focus on smaller and simpler tasks. Considering that even sunscreen is detrimental to reefs, at the moment, the momentary moratorium on parrot fish capture is a much more impactful mean of achieving an improved coral reef lifespan.
Even though this might seem as only a local problem, coral reefs around the globe are going through the same hard times as the ones in Hawaii, making the probability of this problem to be addressed at the Global Warming conference in Paris, a conference set to occur a couple of weeks from now, highly likely.
But if more drastic measures won’t be considered during that conference, at least the DLNR plans on managing coral reefs will still be in effect until global action is taken. Even by making small changes in how the coral reefs are managed in our present time, it can make a big difference in the future of this sensible ecosystem.