Climate change and warming seas have added to the stress of many sea creatures, not the least of which, are the all-important reef building corals. Already challenged by acidification, eutrophication, and sedimentation, higher than normal ocean temperatures are taking a toll. The Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute provides safe haven for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals, creating a “coral bank” where these corals can be propagated and grown with the goal of being transplanted back to the ocean as conditions allow.
With decades of experience in the propagation and care of corals, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute will expand these efforts, seek new resources and develop new relationships to enhance and sustain Hawaii’s coral reefs.
Coral Bank: Maui Ocean Center
Coral Frag on Plug
Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute : Wet Lab
To rescue, rehabilitate and release threatened and endangered Hawaiian sea turtles, maintain a repository for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals and to provide educational opportunities in marine sciences and conservation at all levels.