Marine Wetlands: Marine wetlands are wetlands that are located in the marine (saltwater) environment, and are typically characterized by the presence of saltwater plants and animals. These wetlands may be found along the coast, in estuaries, or on coral reefs. Marine wetlands are important habitat for a variety of species, including fish, shellfish, and birds.
In Maui County, there are several examples of marine wetlands, including:
- Honolua Bay: This marine wetland is located on the west side of Maui, and is home to a variety of marine plants and animals, including coral reefs and endangered sea turtles.
- Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Sanctuary: This marine wetland is located on the north shore of Maui, and is home to a variety of rare plants and animals, including the endangered Hawaiian stilt and Hawaiian coot.
- Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge: This marine wetland is located on the north shore of Kauai, and is home to a variety of birds, including the endangered Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt.
Learn More about the Different types of Wetlands