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Threats to the Marine Environment

Coral Diseases

Porites Pinking & subsequent algal growth

Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 50 feet


Porites evermanni pinking,

Kaiona, Oahu, 4 feet

Montipora neoplasia tumor

Honokeana Bay, Maui

Montipora neoplasia tumor


Haleiwa Trench, Oahu


Porites lobata growth anomalies, Kewalo

Coral diseases are being encountered more frequently as sea surface temperatures increase.  Porites Pinking (trematode infection) may be triggered by damage caused by contact with diver's fins.  Tumors are frequent in high-silt bays in Hawaii.