Providing coral the best chance to survive

KAWAIHAE, Hawaii — On May 17-19, a coral spawning event led to the closure of the parking lot at Waialea Bay Marine Life Conservation District in the morning hours. It was a request from the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources to keep the public out of the water.

What You Need To Know

    • Skin care products such as sunscreen, moisturizers, shampoo and conditioners contain chemicals that stay on the ocean surface and can have detrimental effects on coral eggs and sperm
    • There is a statewide ban on the sale of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone or octinoxate
  • Maui County is set to follow suit on Oct. 1, 2022

Aquatic biologist Chris Teague with DAR said coral reproduction is tied to lunar and tidal cycles; tracking the timing of the moon phase and outgoing tides are indicators of spawning.


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