Workshop addresses the future of Pacific coral reefs

HONOLULU (KHNL) -In an effort to save and protect Pacific coral reefs from predicted mass coral bleaching, marine conservationists from Hawaii and across the Pacific will be getting together this week on Moku O Loe, (Coconut Island) to train coral reef managers, scientists and members of the community on the issue.

Members from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, the National Ocean And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will lead a four day workshop on the topic of coral bleaching and the effects of Global warming.

"Climate change is an emerging threat to our marine managed areas and this workshop is designed to support mangers in protecting coral reefs in the Pacific," said 'Aulani Wilhelm, NOAA's superintendent for the Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument.

Through the workshop the marine organizations hope to design a specific strategy for successful marine management.

An emphasis will also be placed on the role traditional knowledge plays in maintaining and preserving coral reefs.

This workshop was initially developed by NOAA and Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and has been customized to address Pacific reefs.