UH marine biologists creating designer coral reefsUPDATED 9:11 PM HST May 02, 2014Video Transcript
stretch to say there's work happening just off our coastline that's vital to the future of our reefs... And as our reefs go, so goes the ocean. Here's where it's tricky: university of hawaii marine biologists are trying to create designer reefs.. The coral of the future. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa went to the underwater construction site and brings us the latest on the project. 19-23 1:11-1:15 Colorful coral is HEALTHY coral... so this sight in Kaneohe Bay is encouraging. But it's not like that everywhere. Scientists say corals are dying at an alarming rate... Countless diseases in Hawaiian waters are taking their toll. The race is on to reverse that trend. 1928 IF ONE IS GOING TO DESIGN AN INTERVENTION AND WHAT WE ARE SUGGESTING IS AN INTERVENTION THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT WHILE YOU STILL HAVE BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL TO WORK WITH 36 Dr. Ruth Gates and a team of marine biologists are putting years of science to the test and BREEDING corals on Coconut Island. The goal...they say is to create SUPER "DESIGNER" corals that will be better fit to survive any environmental changes ahead. They stress,, this is NOT a GMO reef. 1651 WE ARE NOT INTRODUCING FOREIGN DNA WHICH IS WHAT IS DONE WITH GMOS WE ARE ACCELERATING NATURAL PROCESSES BY SELECTING FROM A POPULATION THOSE MEMBERS THAT ARE MOST HEARTY IN TERMS OF FUTURE CONDITIONS 1707 When the the strong corals are identified -- they will be bred to create strong offspring. Bridge: 2911 THERE ARE DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE S AND ACIDIC LEVELS IN EACH TANK HERE FOR SCIENTISTS TO FIGURE OUT WHICH CORALS WILL DO WELL IN FUTURE ENVIRONMENTS. 2920 walking 543 THOSE CONDITIONS WILL BE WARMER AND THE WATER MORE ACIDIC THEN THEY ARE TODAY 549 That's a combination that can be lethal for coral.. And it's clearly living --when viewed at a microscopic level. Breeding coral that can stand up to the elements will help it survive... Scientists say coral can return the favor by continuing to protect our islands. 1817 WHEN WE HAVE STORMS COME IN THEY SERVE AS BARRIERS TO THOSE STORMS SO THEY DIMINISH THE ENERGY THE STORM WAVES HIT THE REEF AND ENERGY IS DIMINISHED BEFORE IT HITS THE LAND MASS 25 Dr. Gates hopes to implement the project fully within 5 years, Nana Ohkawa KITV4news. The eggs and sperm will be collected from the corals this summer.