Ecological impact of a fresh-water “reef kill” in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

  title={Ecological impact of a fresh-water “reef kill” in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii},
  author={Paul L. Jokiel and Cynthia L. Hunter and Satoru Taguchi and L. Watarai},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Storm floods on the night of December 31, 1987 reduced salinity to 15‰ in the surface waters of Kaneohe Bay, resulting in massive mortality of coral reef organisms in shallow water. A spectacular phytoplankton bloom occurred in the following weeks. Phytoplankton growth was stimulated by high concentrations of plant nutrients derived partially from dissolved material transported into the bay by flood runoff and partially by decomposition of marine organisms killed by the flood. Within two weeks… CONTINUE READING
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