Study: Marine-management areas can restore state’s depleted fisheries

Contributed by Alan Friedlander

Fish, like this school of nenue, grow in nearshore Hawai‘i waters, and are the part of a recent study on fishery management.

Contributed by Alan Friedlander

Two papio swim by a camera. Studies show that when fish like these can mature in protected waters, they grow much larger and can produce exponentially more eggs than smaller, younger fish.

LIHU‘E — A recent comprehensive study has found Hawai‘i’s nearshore waters need more effective management, and that a diverse, integrated system of marine-management areas can help restore the state’s declining coral-reef fisheries and boost the resilience of coral reefs in a changing climate.