Hawaii & Alaska
Maui Nui Marine Resource Council

HI - Hawaii suncreen law topic of Wednesday zoom presentation

Questions involving Hawaii’s ban on sunscreens containing the reef harming chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate will be answered during a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.

The presentation titled “Education vs. Enforcement: Next Steps Beyond the Enactment of Hawaii’s Sunscreen Law” is sponsored by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and hosted by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council as part of the organization’s “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series.” More events part of this series are held monthly via Zoom.

Dr. Craig Downs, whose groundbreaking research educated the world about sunscreen chemicals and their role in coral reef decline, will be a special guest speaker of this presentation.

Downs has received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in cell and molecular biology, has published over 50 scientific papers and a number of book chapters in scientific textbooks, and is the co-editor of the CRC press veterinary book, “Diseases of Corals.”

Downs has held positions as research professor at University of Hawaii’s School of Medicine and Sweet Briar College. He is currently an invited professor at Sorbonne University (France) and is the Executive Director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, a non-profit scientific organization.

Read more.