Coral Disease in Scleractinian Corals of Maunalua Bay and Waikiki

Coral reefs are invaluable ecosystems that support a myriad of marine life and provide essential services to coastal communities. However, coral disease has emerged as a significant threat to the health and resilience of these delicate ecosystems, including those in Hawai'i. In this comprehensive exploration, we will delve into the challenges posed by coral disease in Hawai'i, the factors contributing to its spread, and the vital role of ecological monitoring in understanding, mitigating, and managing this growing concern. By harnessing the power of ecological monitoring, we can enhance our ability to protect and preserve Hawai'i's precious coral reefs.

Coral disease poses a significant threat to Hawai'i's precious coral reefs, impacting both the ecological integrity and socioeconomic well-being of the region. By harnessing the power of ecological monitoring, we can gain insights into the complex dynamics of coral disease, detect outbreaks early, and inform targeted conservation and management strategies. Through long-term monitoring efforts, early warning systems, and adaptive management approaches, we can mitigate the impacts of coral disease, protect vulnerable coral populations, and ensure the resilience and survival of Hawai'i's vibrant coral reef ecosystems for future generations.