SUMMIT COUNTY — Reef shark numbers have plummeted by more than 90 percent around some populated islands in the Pacific, according to an international research team that surveyed 46 U.S. Pacific islands and atolls during the past decade.
Rare marine mammals are struggling to survive in the face of disease, lack of genetic diversity and impacts from climate and human activities
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hawaiian monk seals are teetering dangerously on the brink of extinction, and this week, the tiny population (about 1,100 seals) took a hit when three of the critically endangered animals were killed.
Wildlife officials said two of the animals were bludgeoned to death while the third was shot. The death of a fourth seal is als0 being investigated as suspicious.
Many people say they would skip visiting a reef if that’s what it takes to protect it
By Bob Berwyn
Tourists are often charged with loving their favorite places to death, but when it comes to coral reefs, that may not be the case.
Oregon State University and the University of Hawaii recently completed an interesting study showing that people feel so strongly about the importance of protecting coral reefs that many would be willing to forego a visit if that’s what it takes to save the reefs.