Moloka’i’s reef ‘choking to death’

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The reef along Moloka’i’s south shore stands out for many reasons. It is the longest fringing reef in U.S. waters and has more coral cover than any other around the main Hawaiian Islands.

Nearly all the coral species known to be in Hawai’i are found there.

It also is a vital marine and cultural resource. Experts say South Moloka’i’s reef flat -the wide, shallow section closest to shore