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Sea Urchins Bred to Clean Up Reef


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Rob Shikina

Source: The Honolulu Star Advertiser

January 30, 2011

 

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii - Tiny sea urchins are now devouring blankets of algae smothering some of the best coral reef in the state.

 

State scientists, environmentalists and a local canoe club released about 1,000 collector sea urchins yesterday at Kaneohe Bay with the goal of restoring the bay.

 

It was first time anyone successfully bred sea urchins to counter an alien seaweed in Hawaii.

 

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