• Hawaiʻi State Senate

INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON HAWAI‘I CORAL REEF PROTECTION


WHO: Sen. Will Espero, Friends of Hanauma Bay, Dr. Craig Downs,

WHAT: Informational Meeting

WHERE: Conference Room 229

Hawai‘i State Capitol

WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Senator Will Espero, in cooperation with the Friends of Hanauma Bay, is co-hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, June 21 in conference room 229 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the eroding health of Hawai‘i’s coral reefs due to pollution from personal health products such as sunscreen.

During the meeting, Dr. Craig Downs, Executive Director of the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory will present his latest scientific findings on sunscreen pollution and its damaging impact on Hawai‘i’s coral reefs, including the creation of what researchers call “coral reef zombies.”

“The health of our coral reefs is important not only for the protection and preservation of our oceans, but also to our state’s economy and tourism industry,” said Sen. Espero. “Efforts were made to mitigate the toxic effect of pollution from oxybenzone on our coral reefs through a number of bills introduced this past legislative session. Through meetings like this, we’ll continue to work collaboratively with scientists and stakeholders to address the protection of our reefs for future generations.”

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