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Sea Urchins Help Combat Invasive Algae on Corals

17 March 2017, 1:40 pm

tiny sea urchins

Tiny sea urchins are helping to combat invasive algae in Kaneohe Bay—part of a restoration plan from the settlement of the 2005 grounding of the ship M/V Cape Flattery on the coral reefs south of Oahu. The grounding, and response efforts to free the ship, injured 19.5 acres of coral. Despite the injuries, the reef began recovering on its own. Rather than mess with that natural recovery, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Hawaii's Division of Aquacitec Resources focused on restoring coral reefs in Kaneohe Bay.

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Original article: Sea Urchins Help Combat Invasive Algae on Corals