Saturday, March 12, 2011

Clean Up of Maunalua Bay Successful

A clean up of Maunalua Bay organized by the Nature Conservancy and Malama Maunalua, paid for by Federal stimulus funds of $3.4 million, cleared reef-suffocating algae from 23 acres.  Volunteers and organizers have hauled away 2.9 million pounds of algae since 2009.  The invasive algae has spread since 1981 to more than 54 acres of healthy coral reef.  All of the algae collected has been turned into compost for local farmers.

According to the, "Work is expected to continue for about two more months. The project was completed under budget and created 75 jobs. Another 3,000 community members and hundreds of students from 12 schools donated their time."

The Maunalua Bay reef restoration project partners also include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and natural resources management company Pono Pacific Land.

(Photo courtesy of
Barbara Abe, Realtor