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Hawaii Passes Bill Banning Sunscreen That Can Harm Coral Reefs

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Recent studies have led to a global push for more reef-safe sunscreens. Credit: Chip Litherland for The New York Times

On May 1, Hawaii became the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs.

The legislation prohibits the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have foundcontributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. The Hawaii sunscreen bill now awaits the signature of the governor. The new rules will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

An estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen is believed to be deposited in oceans annually with the greatest damage found in popular reef areas in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Read the full article here.

By Elaine Glusac for The New York Times.

 

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Mangroves Are Essential to Your Next Great Dive

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Mangroves in Florida Everglades

Image Source: Reef-World Foundation

Your dive daydreams probably include a beautiful coral reef, but next time you’re imagining your next scuba vacation, take a moment to consider the mangroves.

When you daydream about your next incredible diving vacation, you probably picture a vibrant coral reef. Bright rays of golden sunlight burst through crystal-clear waters to illuminate a world filled with non-stop life and color. You probably don’t think about the murky depths of mangrove forests, characterized by darkness and poor visibility. Divers rarely give these ecosystems a second thought, but mangroves are essential to your next great dive. By Charlie Wiseman, Reef-World Foundation.

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Underwater cleanups are a great way to help protect the marine environment. However, there are some special considerations when cleaning up under water, especially in fragile coral reef environments.  To make this easier for reef operators, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has put together these simple guidelines.

by CORAL

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Good Environmental Practices: Underwater Clean-up

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