West Hawaii coral still in decline

  • Interested parties listen to speakers at the Symposium on West Hawaii's Marine Ecosystem Tuesday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources representative Ross Martin speaks at the Symposium on West Hawaii's Marine Ecosystem Tuesday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Coral is still suffering in West Hawaii, though considerably less following three straight years of bleaching that decimated the entire coastline, claiming 50 percent of the area’s coral reefs.