Watch Divers Restore Coral Reefs Hit by a Huge Ship in Hawaii

The 734-foot bulk carrier M/V VogeTrader after it ran aground near Oahu, on February 5, 2010.
The 734-foot bulk carrier M/V VogeTrader after it ran aground near Oahu, on February 5, 2010.

Watch Divers Restore Coral Reefs Hit by a Huge Ship in Hawaii

October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015

Coral reefs are not to be confused with underwater highways. Unfortunately for the corals, however, navigating huge ships is a tricky business and sometimes reefs do end up on the wrong side of the "road."

This was the case for corals damaged off the Hawaiian island of Oahu in February of 2010 when the cargo ship M/V VogeTrader ran aground and was later removed from a coral reef in Kalaeloa/Barber's Point Harbor.

NOAA and the State of Hawaii worked quickly to implement emergency restoration, using special underwater scientific techniques and technologies, and ultimately restoring the reef after getting some help from vacuums, power washers, and even winter storms.

See divers transform these Hawaiian corals from crushed to flush with marine life.

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