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Day of action planned as warming water stresses coral reef

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Warm water is stressing coral reef off Hawaii's coasts, and conservationists are planning a day of action as temperatures rise.

West Hawaii Today reports volunteers will be at Kahaluu Beach Park on Saturday, when temperatures are projected to peak. They'll be looking for bleaching caused when sources of stress like warmer water force coral polyps to expel living algae, turning the reefs from their natural color to white.

The Oct. 3 effort started as Bleachapalooza on Maui. Department of Aquatic Resources Maui special projects coordinator Darla White says it became clear the effort needed to be extended statewide.

Eyes on the Reef Hawaii Island coordinator Lindsey Kramer says people are being asked to go to their favorite reefs, then report conditions to the project website.

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