Marine Conservation

Syracuse University Lava Project

Kauai Pesticide Report; Dangers of Downsizing Marine Preserves; Art and Science of Creating Lava

Amon and Smith, UHM
Amon and Smith, UHM

A push to survey the seafloor for undersea mining has revealed an abundance of life on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) — an area the size of the US mainland in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Supporters of the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea marine sanctuary have rejected a proposal from the Western Pacific Fisheries Council.  WESPAC proposed allowing long-line fishing within the monument, and added the expansion would cause economic hardship on fisherman.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs expressed support for the expansion, but trustee Peter Apo broke ranks in favor of the fisherman.  He questions why environmentalists are rushing to pass the expansion. 

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is requesting $9 million to fund local projects around the country to benefit fish habitat restoration projects.

The Community-based Restoration Program distributes funding to seventeen different costal and marine habitat restoration efforts.

Town Square: Expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Jun 22, 2016
USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr
USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr

  Town Square: Senator Schatz sent his proposal to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to the President for his consideration. But what do both conservationists who liked the original idea and the fishermen who opposed it say about this new proposal? 

The Conversation: Monday, June 20th, 2016

Jun 20, 2016
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Faith and Conservation in Conjunction; A New Young Adult Novel from a Moloka‘i Writer; Easter Seals Hawaii; HOT School Residency Program

Coral Reef Symposium, A Researcher’s Take on the Connection Between Conservation and Religion: Elizabeth (Lizzie) McLeod

NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr
NOAA Marine Debris Program / Flickr

A statewide survey of ocean debris has created a snapshot in time to document where trash regularly washes ashore.

The survey was funded by the Japanese government to measure debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but found less than 1% actually came from the disaster.

Most of the debris was from discarded fishing nets and trash, accumulating mostly in hotspots on the north and east shores of each island.  O‘ahu had less than 5% of the total debris identified in the study, while Ni‘ihau had the most.

Carl Meyer

Proposed Moratorium on Fishing in North Kona; Na Hōkū Nominee Joni Llamedo; Shark Behavior in Maui; Competitive High School Equestrian

Proposed Ka’upulehu Marine Reserve: Aunty Hannah Springer

NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr
NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr

  

A group called Expand Papahānaumokuākea wants President Obama to do one more good deed for Hawai‘i before leaving office.  Last month they sent a request urging the president to support the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  The request would extend the sanctuary to the full 200 nautical-mile limit of the Hawaiian Islands’ exclusive economic zone.