By Blane Perun
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One of the greatest activities when visiting Hawaii is the incredible snorkeling and SCUBA diving available there. Hawaiian reef fish are some of the most beautiful fishes in the ocean, and are amazing to view and watch in their peaceful, natural habitat. Whether you choose to go on a tour specifically for visiting these amazing creatures or going on your own, it's sure to be an experience of a lifetime.
There are literally hundreds of reef fish in the world, and some of the most beautiful types can be found in the waters off the coast of Hawaii. Before taking your trip to the beautiful Hawaii islands, download a Hawaiian reef fish identification chart or read books dedicated to these types of fish. Once you are actually in the water, it will be easier to know what type of fish you are observing.
Some of the most common Hawaiian reef fish are the Triggerfish, White-Spotted Damsel, Convict Tang, Hogfish, varies species of Wrasse, Whitespot Goatfish, Pennant Butterfly, Squirrelfish, Freckled Hawkfish, Unicornfish, Needle Fish, Zebra Moray Eel, and the Trumpet Fish, just to name a few. All of these species have their own unique colors, markings and reef habitats.
Marine reef fish enthusiasts love adding Hawaiian reef fish to their home or office tanks. Their brilliant colors and wide array of shapes and designs make them a wonderful part of the home aquarium. Doing adequate research before adding these colorful fish to your aquarium is very important to their health and well being.
Many recent studies have shown a sharp decline in Hawaiian reef fish from their natural habitat. Sharks, jacks, parrot fish, and other colorful reef fish are disappearing due mainly to overfishing. Overfishing is often disputed in Hawaii and elsewhere because the catch data is underreported. Researchers have determined that 75% of the species around the main islands of Hawaii were in critical condition or severely depleted. Another 11% were below desirable levels. Ongoing efforts are being made to preserve these beautiful fish and coral habitats.
The key to maintaining healthy coral reefs is keeping those reefs clean and free of algae. Hawaiian reef fish contribute a great deal to preserving the delicate ecological habitat that is enjoyed by thousands of SCUBA divers and snorklers each year. Keeping these fish on the reefs is an ongoing conservation effort.