Maui Reef Fund
The coastal waters of Maui are blessed with a vast diversity of marine life and miles of exquisite coral reefs, making for some of the finest diving and fishing in the world. Started in 2005, Maui Reef Fund was a partnership between marine tour operators and conservationists designed to help ensure that these outstanding coral reefs are protected and remain healthy for generations to come. This program is inactive until the Department of Land & Natural Resources determines if it will take over the Day Use Mooring Program.
Threats to Maui's reefs
Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in funding for coastal and aquatic management.
This is unfortunate, because our fragile marine environment faces many serious threats, including:
- Spread of alien species such as coral-killing algae
- Destruction of ecosystems due to coastal development
- Damage to reefs from boats and anchoring
Since 2005, the following partners have been invoved in Maui Reef
Fund: Maui Dreams Diving, Kai Kanani Sailing, Mike Severns Diving, Ann Fielding Snorkeling, American Reef Coalition
and Hawaii Wildlife Fund.
partnered with HWF under its Maui Reef Fund program in 2012, funding a unique collaboration
between marine tour operators and the fishing community to pull derelict fishing gear off Maui reefs. During 2012 the focal sites
were two key fishing grounds in Maui waters - at MacGregor Point in Ma'alaea Bay and Kanaloa Point in La Perouse
"Maui Reef Fund removed more than 1300 pounds of gear entangled on the reef and at the same time raised awareness.
We succeeded in our goal to work together with the fishing community to malama our nearshore waters," said Hannah Bernard, HWF President and co-founder of Maui Reef Fund.