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February 22, 2015

Wainiha Bay, Kauai, HI

Dear Tulsi (US House of Representative for Hawaii),
Here is my monthly report on the coral disease that is devastating the reefs along the north shore of Kauai. This is truly a major disaster.
I did an hour long scuba dive today at the mouth of Wainiha Bay in a spot I call the Aquarium because it was the most beautiful giant coral garden in all of Kauai with thousands of fish!
UH, USGS and NOAA have dove with me at this location. Three years ago it was in pristine shape but now half of the rice corals have died from the cyanobacterial disease and now 100% of the giant old growth mound corals are diseased and decaying. This location has over 80% coral cover which is rare for the north shore of Kauai.
We believe the corals have lost their immune system due to the military using massive amounts of microwaves right above this location that are grounding out on the reef producing an electrical shock. The corals are weakened and prone to disease plus the massive amount of military sonar in the area is breaking the few remaining live Antler corals. This reef is important habitat for the endangered green sea turtle and monk seal.
Can you please help us get the non profit funding so we can purchase the equipment needed to put out on the reef to prove our theory as to why the corals are dying so quickly? Since no one else seems to want to fund a study of our dying reefs here in Kauai, we need to do it and soon. If we delay another two years all will be lost for every.
I labeled each picture so the writing is on the diseased decaying part of each coral. I have the whole hour long video for your review for free at this point in time. I can also take anyone out to dive at this spot in person, including yourself like we did at Waipa two years ago.
Terry Lilley
Marine Biologist
Hanalei, Kauai


Wainiha Bay, Kauai, HI

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