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DLNR urging public to use reef safe sunscreen

(Image: DLNR) (Image: DLNR)
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging the public to pay close attention to the ingredients in their sunscreen.

Researchers say Oxybenzone, a popular additive, causes deformities in coral larvae, making them unable to spread.

It also increases the rate of coral bleaching.

"But one straw we can take off the camel's back, I believe is one swimmer at a time, one snorkeler at a time, one surfer at a time. It's the sunscreens, the sunscreens that we now use, modern sunscreens have some toxicity problems," said Jeff Bagshaw of DLNR's Forestry and Wildlife division.

DLNR also wants people to buy sunscreens that are Zinc or Titanium oxide based and to check the label on the bottle to make sure it does not contain Oxybenzone.

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