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Invasive species cook-off promotes education, conservation

Chef Craig Erickson of Napili Kai Resort prepares his dish Chef Craig Erickson of Napili Kai Resort prepares his dish

WAILUKU, Maui (KHNL) - A tasty reef invader was the center of attention during Sunday's "Reef Night" cook-off on Maui.

Local chefs created preparations of blue-lined snapper that is considered harmful to local reef environment.

The Invasive Species Cook-Off allowed chefs to use local ingredients in their dish while promote a positive reef message.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares says the future of our islands is dependent on the preservation and protection of land and ocean resources.

"I cannot say enough about the importance of protecting our reefs," said Mayor Tavares.  "They are vital and pecious and their health has a lot to do with our ecosystem.  When our community comes together for something this important, it emphasizes how much we care."

More than 20 community exhibitors participated to provide hands-on educational materials, games and activities.

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