By CALEB JONESAssociated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials will release a management plan for the state's ailing coral reefs after a second year of widespread bleaching.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is holding a news conference Monday afternoon to outline the plan.
This summer, the state's coral reefs suffered a second consecutive year of bleaching, a process in which the coral expels its symbiotic algae in reaction to hot ocean waters.
When coral loses its algae, it also loses the nutrients the plant provides, and consecutive years of bleaching can kill coral.
In early October, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that coral reefs worldwide were experiencing bleaching.
Scientists say about 30 percent of the world's population of coral has perished as a result of above-average temperatures, El Nino's effects and acidification.
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