On February 5, 2010, the cargo ship M/V VogeTrader ran aground off the Hawaiian island of Oahu and was later removed from a coral reef in the brilliant blue waters of Kalaeloa/Barber's Point Harbor.
NOAA and the State of Hawaii worked quickly to implement emergency restoration for the damaged corals, clearing rubble from the seafloor and reattaching more than 600 coral colonies. They began work in October 2013 and wrapped up in April 2014. A year after restoration, 89 percent of the reattached corals had survived, while fish and other marine life were making themselves at home in the new reef habitat.
Ocean Today is an interactive exhibit that plays short videos on ocean related themes. Visitors can select from 150+ videos on topics ranging from deep-‐sea exploration, marine species, and restoration projects to hurricanes, oceans and human health, and climate science and research. These videos are a free resource and are available on our website at oceantoday.noaa.gov.
The Ocean Today kiosk was originally developed for the Sant Ocean Hall -- a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Ocean Today kiosks are now located at 37 aquaria, science centers, museums, and visitor centers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the U.K. To learn more about the program or to get a kiosk at your facility, visit our website.