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How Hungry Baby Urchins Are Saving Hawaii’s Reefs

They helped eat through invasive algae that was suffocating corals in Kāne’ohe Bay

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But one of the authors of the new study, Chris Wall, a marine biologist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in Kāne‘ohe, notes in a statement that the team is optimistic about its results.

“Our research shows promise as an effective mean to reduce invasive macroalgae with minimal environmental impact, while also incorporating a native herbivore to regulate a noxious invasive species,” he explains.

“The surprise was just how effective this approach was at reducing invasive macroalgae over the two-year period.”

About Brigit Katz

Brigit Katz is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including NYmag.com, Flavorwire and Tina Brown Media's Women in the World.

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