17 May '18, 4pm

Hawaii Passes First Ever Ban on Reef Harming Sunscreens!

Hawaii Passes First Ever Ban on Reef Harming Sunscreens!

Surfrider Hawaii’s multi-year campaign to Protect Our Coral Reefs and Ban Oxybenzone is just one signature away from an official victory! Earlier this month, the state legislature passed the nation’s first ever statewide ban on sunscreens that contain chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are known to harm coral reefs and local fish. If the governor signs this bill into law, every Hawaiian island will be required to stop the sale of any sunscreen containing these two popular chemicals by January 1, 2021. The Surfrider Hawaii chapters have been advocating for this type of coral reef protection for years. This has included spreading information and awareness about the issue to local communities, hosting events with lead ecotoxicologist of the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory , Dr. Craig Downs, and partnering with local scientists from the Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalit...

Full article: https://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/hawaii-passe...

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