Coral baseline survey of Ma'alaea Harbor for light-draft vessels, Island of Maui, December 1997 - January 1998 (NCEI Accession 9900025)

Metadata Updated: March 10, 2021

In 1968 the United States Congress approved funding for renovations to the existing harbor. Subsequently, a General Design Memorandum and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared in 1980 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE, 1980). The project, however, did not receive funding until 1989 (Forestell and Brown, 1991). A supplemental EIS was prepared in 1994 which included additional data on algae and endangered humpback whales. This document also included the renovation plans from the 1980 EIS for enhancing existing harbor facilities, increasing the number of berths and construction of an additional breakwater fronting the harbor to reduce swell within the harbor.

This proposed modification and expansion of the harbor raised concerns about the negative impact on coral reefs in and around the harbor as well as the impact on recreational surfing sites and nearby coastline developments. Biological impacts include siltation on nearby reefs from dredging operations and physical destruction of the reef habitat during construction of the breakwater and channel entrance. All parties involved were interested in evaluating possible mitigation measures. In order to assess habitat loss and potential damage to the adjacent coral reef ecosystem it was necessary to determine the extent and structure of the coral habitat through a series of underwater surveys. This information in turn will be used to recommend type and extent of mitigation activity.

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Metadata Created Date March 10, 2021
Metadata Updated Date March 10, 2021
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date March 10, 2021
Metadata Updated Date March 10, 2021
Publisher DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Point of Contact)
Unique Identifier Unknown
Identifier gov.noaa.nodc:9900025
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2010-12-19
Public Access Level public
Data Update Frequency irregular
Bureau Code 006:48
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Program Code 006:059
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 833b670378aeb38681f3cba79299b6b73f9ca9d3
Source Schema Version 1.1
Spatial {"type": "Point", "coordinates": -156.5, 20.8}
Temporal 1997-12-01T00:00:00/1998-01-31T00:00:00

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