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Large-Scale Coral Restoration in a Fully-Protected MPA (Hanauma Bay, Hawaii) by the Hawaii Coral Restoration Nursery”, funded by Friends of Hanauma Bay, presented to the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) in Vancouver, Canada

Over 3,000 other ocean conservation professionals met to discuss charting a course to protecting 30% of the global oceans by 2030. IMPAC5 was jointly hosted by the Host First Nations – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh Nation) – together with the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This gathering of scientists, government officials, NGO’s, Indigenous people, and young professionals provided a source of excellent knowledge exchange and hope, along with a reality check on what we have done so far, and how much still needs to be accomplished for the protection of our oceans.

Mahalo nui loa to Friends of Hanauma Bay for funding both this project and travel to IMPAC5!

– Samara Neufield

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