Scientists report coral bleaching off Kauai coast

Scientists report coral bleaching off Kauai coast

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai scientist says the recent full moon and extreme tides may have contributed to coral bleaching off the Kauai coast.

The Garden Island reports that 51 to 75 percent of the live coral has been bleached in Moloaa Bay on Kauai's northeast shore.

Kauai fisheries biologist Don Heacock says bleaching is an indication that humans have fooled around with the environment too much.

In other coastal areas, Ahukini and Hana Honu are showing 31 to 50 percent coral bleaching, according to reports from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The Kauai bleaching news comes just one week after the department announced bleaching at levels above normal in waters off Oahu.

Heacock says losing coral reefs would lead to a dramatic drop in coastal fisheries.

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