Two SCUBA divers with clipboards studying a Hawaiian coral reef.
Coral bleaching survey West Hawai'i Island © David Slater

Stories in Hawaii

Leading with Science-Based Strategies and Solutions

Increased understanding and better tools are vital to restoring Hawai'i’s once thriving reefs and fisheries.

This page was updated on January 7, 2021.

TNC is building that understanding. Working in partnership with academic researchers, resource managers, community groups and fishers, we monitor coral reefs and reef fish populations and undertake research to assess:

This information helps State agencies and community groups understand changes in the health of nearshore reefs and fisheries over time, develop and implement management actions to enhance recovery, and measure change over time to inform adaptive management. 

Our fish surveys also expand the State’s fish database compiled by the University of Hawai'i Fisheries Ecology Research Lab, allowing community, university, and government partners to compare the health of nearshore fisheries at more than 50 sites across the state, and helping assess how fishing is impacting Hawai'i's reefs. Listen to an interview to find out what else the study revealed.

TNC scientists also train community volunteers in the use of scientific monitoring protocols. The citizen scientists then put their newly acquired skills to use monitoring water quality and fish populations in their communities. The information they compile helps community groups and State agencies fill critical data gaps and develop and assess management strategies.  

Together, we are improving our understanding of and ability to manage Hawai'i’s reefs and fisheries so they can support healthy, resilient communities long into the future.

I haven’t personally seen a better approach than FishPath for fisheries management.

Director of Natural Resources, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Pioneering New Strategies and Solutions

TNC is developing innovative tools to address the increasing pressures on marine environments from the impacts of climate change, including warming and rising seas and stronger and more frequent storms that can damage coral reefs and coastlines. To help Hawai'i prepare for and address these challenges, we are working with partners to: 

Your support makes all of our work possible. Thank you for choosing to invest—in us, in vital science and restoration, in strengthening local leadership, and most importantly, in creating a healthy and sustainable island home.