We all have a role to play in preserving and protecting Hawai‘i’s coral reefs. Hawai‘i’s reefs provide a home for over 7,000 species of marine plants and animals, 25% of which are unique to Hawai‘i. Healthy coral reefs are important to all Hawai‘i residents and visitors. Please do your part to care for Hawai‘i’s reefs.
Corals are living animals that eat, grow and reproduce. They provide food and shelter for fish and other marine life. As a swimmer, snorkeler or diver, you can easily damage living coral by touching, kicking and stepping on it. I tonly takes seconds to damage a reef, but it may take decades for it to recover. You can help protect Hawaii's corals by viewing the reef from a distance.
Fish feeding has been shown to alter the naturalcommunity structure of the reef, and promote aggressive behavior in fishes. Please allow the fishes to eat their natural food... many of them play an important role as grazers, keeping seaweed growth in check. Help the reef and stay safe; please leave the fish food at home.
Please enjoy marine wildlife from a distance. Animals such as turtles, dolphins and monk seals may be very sensitive to human disturbance, and are protected by law. Never handle, chase, or harass any type of marine life. Please respect them and their habitat. Keep your distance and take photos rather than souvenirs.
Reef Etiquette sign on Kauai, sponsored by the Hanalei Watershed Hui at Hono’iki Reef.
Sign Dedication at the St Regis Hotel, Hanalei Bay - April 2011