Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching

Published: Sep. 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM HST
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KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials plan to unveil a plan to cope with coral bleaching that's threatening the state's reefs.

Warmer ocean temperatures have stressed Hawaii's coral, forcing them to expel algae they rely on for food. Vast stretches of reef have turned white, increasing the risk that the coral will get sick and die.

It's a serious concern for the health of the ocean because coral reefs provide habitat for fish and other marine life.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says it's been working on a coral bleaching recovery plan that it expects to release on Thursday.

Officials have been investigating the world's best practices for promoting coral recovery. Department teams are also documenting the extent and scope of coral bleaching in Hawaii.

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