Hawaii’s Coral reef
May 12, 2014
Halophila hawaiiana is a native species only found around the Hawaiian Islands. Halophila hawaiiana occurs mainly on the sandy reefs and protected bays throughout the coasts of Hawaii.
According to Seagrass Recovery (2014), “Although seagrass is not a commodity that is directly cultivated, its economic value can be measured through the ecosystem services it provides, the industries it directly impacts, such as commercial and recreational fisheries, and nature and wildlife tourism, which rely on this habitat to survive” (Why Seagrasses are important).
Best practices and conservation
NOAA. (2014). Hawaii coral reef strategy . Retrieved from http://coralreef.noaa.gov/aboutcrcp/strategy/reprioritization/management_priorities/resources/hawaii_app1_mhi_strategy.pdf
Scott, S. (1991). Plants and animals of hawaii (1st. ed.). Honolulu, Hawaii: Bess Press. Seagrass Recovery. (2014). Seagrass. Retrieved from http://www.seagrassrecovery.com/seagrass/
United States Geological Survey. (2014). Cancer in sea turtles. Retrieved from http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/hfs/Globals/Products/Cancer%20in%20sea%20turtles.pdf