Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Land-based pollutants have been linked to the degradation of several Hawaiian reefs.
Between 2000 and 2015, coral cover on West Maui’s northern reefs has dramatically declined from 30 percent to 10 percent. The likely culprit: sediment runoff during rain events. Corals’ ability to photosynthesize and grow is compromised in the presence of sediment, which in turn allows for algae to take over…