World Ocean Day panel discusses coral reef ecosystems

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Dr. Greg Asner talks about his work with the coral reef systems of Hawaii Island as part of the panel discussion, “Sustaining Our Seas,” at the Palace Theater Saturday in Hilo. Asner, Lauren Nakoa, center, and Cindi Punihaole, right, answered questions from Dr. Chris Hawkins with the Malama Kai Foundation regarding the health and future of the ocean as part of World Ocean Day.

Scientists, cultural practitioners and leaders in environmental conservation urge action over more conversation after two decades of research on Hawaii Island’s coral reefs.