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CLOSED SEASON FOR MOI BEGINS JUNE 1

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds the public that the moi fishing season is closed beginning Friday, June 1, 2012. State regulations make it unlawful for any person to take, possess, or sell any moi during June, July, and August.

"Moi is one of Hawaii's most significant fish species, from a cultural perspective," said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. "At one time it was reserved only for royalty. Today we still value it as one of our most sought-after reef fishes."

“The closed season helps sustain moi populations by protecting them during the critical summer spawning period,” he continued.

The early Hawaiians also placed a kapu or prohibition on certain fish during their spawning season as a conservation measure.

"We ask for the fishing public's help in complying with the closed season," added Aila. "If we are to have fish for the future, we need to share the responsibility and take care of our ocean resources."

During the open season – September through May –the minimum size for moi is 11 inches, and the bag limit for possession and/or sale is 15. However, a commercial marine dealer may possess and sell more than 15 moi during the open season with receipts issued for the purchase.

Copies of Hawai‘i's fishing regulations are available at DLNR's Aquatic Resources offices, most fishing supply stores, and online at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/regulations.html.

To report fishing violations, call 643-DLNR (3567).

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For more information news media may contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public information specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320

HAWAII SEA TURTLES REMAIN PROTECTED UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS

HAWAII SEA TURTLES REMAIN PROTECTED UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS

HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and NOAA Fisheries remind the community that sea turtles remain protected under State and Federal laws. In Hawai‘i, sea turtles are protected by the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (Chapter 195D) and Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (13-124). Although Federal and State wildlife conservation laws differ in some respects, all prohibit actions that can harm, injure, kill, or otherwise disturb sea turtles without a permit.

The two types of sea turtles most frequently observed in Hawai‘i nearshore waters are the green and hawksbill sea turtle. The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is listed as threatened and the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Three other listed species – loggerhead, leatherback, and olive ridley sea turtles – generally inhabit offshore environments in the region and are very rarely seen in Hawai‘i’s coastal waters.

“We want to remind the community that all sea turtles are still protected, and that both State and Federal consequences apply to anyone harming a green sea turtle,” said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. The public is urged to act responsibly and not attempt to touch, disturb, feed, pursue, ride, harass, harm, or otherwise injure these animals.

On February 16, 2012, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (jointly referred to as the Services) received a petition to classify the Hawai‘i population of green sea turtle as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and evaluate that population for de-listing under the ESA. The contents of this petition are currently being reviewed to determine if the petition warrants further consideration. If so, a scientific review of the status of the species will be initiated.

While any person or organization may submit a petition to list or de-list a species, this action alone does not affect the legal status of that species. If the Services propose any changes to the listing status of green sea turtles in the future, public comments will be requested and considered before any final decisions about de-listing are made.

“Even though a petition for de-listing was filed, green sea turtles in Hawai‘i remain protected under State and Federal laws,” said Aila.

Sea turtles across the U.S. face threats including, but not limited to, illegal harvest, destruction and alteration of nesting and feeding areas, incidental capture in commercial and recreational fisheries, entanglement in and ingestion of marine debris, disease, vessel strikes, and climate change. To effectively address all threats to sea turtles, the Services have developed recovery plans to direct research and management efforts for each sea turtle species. In Hawai‘i, on-going sea turtle recovery activities include efforts to reduce and eliminate direct harvest of, and interactions with, sea turtles in nearshore and commercial fisheries; eliminate the threat of fibropapilloma (a tumor disease that can be harmful to sea turtles); protect important nesting and feeding areas; and reduce impacts from boat strikes, disturbance, and marine debris.

To report a sea turtle in distress, please call (808) 983-5730 or visit NOAA’s sea turtle stranding website at: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/psd/mtrp/turtle_contact.php

For more information on the DLNR visit www.hawaii.gov/dlnr

For more information on NOAA visit http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/

For more information on the USFWS visit http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/teslist.html

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For more information, news media may contact:

NOAA

Wende Goo

Communications Officer

Phone: (808) 721-4098

DLNR

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public Information Specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320

USFWS

Ken Foote

Information and Education Specialist

Phone: (808) 792-9535

“Let’s RAP” SURFRIDER’S RISE ABOVE PLASTICS CAMPAIGN

Wednesday, 03/28, 5:30pm @ ING Direct

"Let's RAP"

SURFRIDER'S RISE ABOVE PLASTICS CAMPAIGN

Stuart H. Coleman

Hawai‘i Coordinator, Surfrider Foundation

Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.

Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue. Join us as Stuart Coleman shares a brief overview on Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics campaign and the environmental, economic and human health costs of our dependence on plastics, esp. single-use bottles, bags, cups and containers.

Originally from Charleston, S.C., Stuart Coleman moved to Hawaii to teach, write and surf. He has taught literature, creative writing and leadership studies at Punahou and Iolani Schools, the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center. Coleman has written articles for Men's Journal, Sierra and Hawaii Magazine and is the author of two books, Eddie Would Go and Fierce Heart. He was the Writer in Residence at St. Alban's School and a recipient of the Cades Award for Literature. After volunteering for the Surfrider Foundation for eight years, he was hired as the organization's first Hawaii Coordinator in 2009 and has enjoyed working such dedicated volunteers and environmental activists.

United Nations SafePlanet Campaign sponsors Hawaii Art Contest

Solutions to plastic pollution! Contest Flyer

Replace a single-use plastic item in your house with a sustainable eco-friendly design. Show us the plastic object and what you propose as an alternative. The new design should be of a material that is organic or non-polluting to the world’s oceans. Designs can be hand drawn or computerized images in 8 x 10 format.

Contest begins 9 February, runs until May 18, 2012

Final selections announced on June 15, 2012

See more information on our website at SafePla.net and look at our “Flagship” themes, as well as “contests”. Ask your teacher for details.

Prizes

(Hawaii Art Contest Rules)

5 winners will have their designs made into prototypes by local manufacturers and the image printed on new Safe Planet sustainable bags; get to tour the sailing ship Sea Dragon when she pulls into port in Honolulu, July, 2012; spend a week at Art Mill www.artmill.eu in the Czech Republic for one winner (does not include airfare); exhibit with the Safe Planet exhibition during the Rio+20 Global Conference in June, 2012.

For questions: artcontest@artmill.eu

Further Information: www.artmill.eu

Contest partners:

Malama Hawaii

Safe Planet

5 Gyres

Pangaea Explorations

Ethical Profiling

Surfrider Foundation

“Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is excited to host Captain Charles Moore on the Oʻahu leg of his “Plastic Ocean” book tour

KŌKUA HAWAIʻI FOUNDATION PRESENTS CAPTAIN CHARLES MOORE

HALEIWA, HI – JANUARY 11, 2011 Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s Plastic Free

Hawaiʻi and Plastic Free Schools programs are pleased to announce a series of

events to promote the publication of “Plastic Ocean” a new book by Captain

Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Captain

Moore will be on Oʻahu January 16 & 17 and will be appearing at multiple

locations speaking at schools, bookstores and more!

"Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is excited to host Captain Charles Moore on the Oʻahu

leg of his “Plastic Ocean” book tour. Captain Mooreʻs work has been an inspiration

for those of us in environmental education. His scientific research at sea helps

those of us on land to educate schools, residents, and visitors of Hawaiʻi on the

environmental and health benefits of going plastic free to minimize the

consumption and pollution of plastics in our islands."

Below is a full listing of Plastic Free events happening in conjunction with Captain

Moore’s visit:

Monday, January 16

• 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kokua Hawai’i Foundation & Sustainable Coastlines

Hawai’i Beach Cleanup at Kahuku Beach—Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

area. Community invited!

• 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Captain Charles Moore at Bookends in Kailua “Plastic

Ocean” book signing & reception. Open to the public.

Tuesday, January 17

• 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Captain Charles Moore will speak at Kahuku High

School, Choir Room. Community invited!

• 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m Captain Charles Moore will be the keynote speaker at

the Semester of Sustainability Kick-Off event at UH Manoa Campus Center

Ballroom. Sustainable UH is hosting the event in conjunction with the KYA

Sustainability Studio, Sustainable UH, the Surfrider Foundation, UH Manoa

Sustainability Corps, UH Ecology Club and the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation.

Open to the public.

• 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Joel Paschal founder of Sea of Change and one of the

two Algalita scientists who sailed the JUNKraft from California to Hawaii in

2008 will speak at BYU-Hawaii Campus, Aloha Center Ballroom.

 

Community invited!

• 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Captain Charles Moore at Indigo Restaurant “Plastic

Ocean” book signing & reception co-sponsored by Surfrider Foundation.

Open to the public.

More detailed information available online at www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports environmental

education in the schools and communities of Hawai'i. The Plastic Free Schools

program aims to reduce single-use plastics on school campuses. The program

encourages students, faculty, and parents to make plastic free commitments to use

waste free lunches, reusable bottles and tote bags and provides educational

resources to make these commitments come to life.

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Natalie McKinney

808-927-2159

Natalie@kokuahawaiifoundation

 

Humpback Whale Awareness Month

Aloha,

Happy holidays from us here at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary! We appreciate your continued support of our education, research and resource protection activities.

As we look ahead to 2012, February is the best month of the year to catch a glimpse of Hawai‘i’s humpbacks, so we've designated it Humpback Whale Awareness Month. The goals of the project are to increase public awareness of the national marine sanctuary, humpback whales and ocean life and to promote safe boating and responsible wildlife viewing in Hawai‘i. Please see attached tip sheet of possible features, contact information and PSA materials for the new year!

Mahalo nui loa!

-Micki

Safe Boating Tips Around Whales
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Humpback Whale Tip Sheet

Micki Ream, NOAA Outreach and Education Specialist

T: (808) 694-3948 | E: micki.ream@noaa.gov | C: (650) 392-5448

 

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whales National Marine Sanctuary

6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway Suite 301 | Honolulu, HI 96825

http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov

 

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY OFFERS FREE WEEKLY WHALE WATCHING

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY OFFERS FREE WEEKLY WHALE WATCHING

NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will offer the public free shoreline whale watches at the Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Visitor’s Center each Friday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Just beyond the park's shores lies the warm, inviting waters of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Every year from December to April, humpback whales gather in these waters to give birth, breed, and otherwise escape the cold arctic winter. During the peak of the whale season, don’t miss one of the best shows on earth narrated by Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary staff and volunteers who are well-versed in whale facts and legends.

To kick things off this Friday, December 14nd, Justin Viezbicke, Hawai‘i Island Programs

Coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will follow

this with a special “45-ton talk” on humpback whales at 9 - 11 a.m. He has been actively working

with the sanctuary's entanglement response and research teams for several years and has

a “ton” of knowledge to share!

 

WHAT: Weekly Whale Watching

 

WHEN: Each Friday

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

“45 Ton Talk”

December 2, 2011

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Visitor’s Center

62-3601 Kawaihae Road

Kawaihae, HI 96743

 

WHO: Justin Viezbicke, NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Hawai‘i Island Programs Coordinator and volunteers

(808) 327 -3697 or Justin.Viezbicke@noaa.gov

The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship. The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.

On the Web:

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov

Mahalo nui loa,

-Micki

 

p.s. One of our primary goals is to promote safe whale watching. I've attached a sample PSA that communicates these messages. Please help us spread the word on this special campaign. For more information, please see http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/explore/safe_boating.html#ads .

 

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NOAA Education and Outreach Specialist

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

6600 Kalaniana'ole Hwy. Suite 301

Honolulu, Hawai'i 96825

(808) 694-3948

micki.ream@noaa.gov

 

ANNUAL CLOSURE OF ‘AMA ‘AMA (STRIPED MULLET) SEASON TAKES EFFECT DECEMBER 1, 2011

ANNUAL CLOSURE OF ‘AMA ‘AMA (STRIPED MULLET) SEASON TAKES EFFECT DECEMBER 1, 2011

HONOLULU— The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds the fishing public that the season for ‘ama‘ama (striped mullet) will be closed from Thursday, December 1, 2011 through Saturday, March 31, 2012.

“‘Ama‘ama are about to enter their peak spawning season,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “The annual winter closure is designed to help the fish reproduce successfully and protect the species from overfishing.”

Violations of the size or season restrictions can result in fines of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail, plus up to $100 for each fish taken.

“We ask the public’s kokua in complying with the closed season,” said Aila. “While it’s DLNR’s job to protect our marine resources, everyone shares in the responsibility to take care of important fish species like ‘ama‘ama to ensure their survival into the future.”

Copies of statewide fishing regulations for ‘ama‘ama and all other marine species are available in Honolulu at the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) office, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, and at all neighbor island aquatic resources offices. Fishing regulations can also be found on the DAR web site at hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar. To report fish catch size or net violations, call 643-DLNR (643-3567)

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For more information, media may contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public Information Specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320

News Release in Brief - The Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds the public that fishing season for ‘ama‘ama, or striped mullet, will be closed from December 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. The ‘ama‘ama are entering their peak spawning season and the winter closure is designed to protect the species from overfishing. Copies of statewide fishing regulations are available at all DLNR-Aquatics offices throughout the islands.

 

The Ocean Project looking to conduct focus groups with youths from all walks of life, between the ages of 13 – 18

The Ocean Project looking to conduct focus groups with youths from all walks of life, between the ages of 13 - 18, to help shape their plans.

Via The Ocean Project:

Please contact us if these apply to you and you're willing to help! At this time we can only do this with US-based volunteers but if you're from another country, please contact us to help in other ways.

This could be a great project to hold with your school's environmental club or with a group of friends. Make your voice heard for the ocean's health! Your views and opinions are very important to us.

Would you be willing to organize a group to speak with us?

Send us an email to learn more! Email us at aisakower@theoceanproject.org

If you're over 18, we would also love to hear your feedback about the Seas the Day personal action initiative in general. Is the website helpful to you? Do you like the daily tips? Would you like to see something else? We're always excited to hear from our ocean friends so please don't be a stranger!

Alyssa Isakower

The Ocean Project

Start planning an event to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th!

 

Announcing Ocean Awareness Training for Oahu – October 2011

 

Marine conservation organizations are once again joining together to offer a special Ocean Awareness training in Waikiki during the month of October. The training promotes responsible use and stewardship of Oahu’s marine and coastal resources. Participants also learn about current ocean conservation efforts and how to get involved. Those who complete all the training sessions, a field activity and certification test will receive a C.O.R.A.L Card (Care of our Ocean, Reefs and Animal Life) that demonstrates their ocean knowledge.

OAT Waikiki – Oct, 2011

DATES: Saturday, Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29

TIME: 8:00 a.m. – Noon each day

LOCATION: Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

COST: $20 registration fee

RSVP: Advance registration required

PARKING: on-site validation included

The program is recommended for those employed or volunteering in the fields of marine education or recreation, and those who just want to learn more about Hawaii’s ocean environment. Instructors include university scientists, government agency staff, environmental educators, and conservation practitioners. A registration fee of $20 includes all program materials, refreshments, and parking at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. A flyer with more information is attached. This is the eighth time this training is being offered on Oahu and we expect the class to fill quickly so don't delay - registration is first come and first served.

Advance registration is required and can be completed by visiting this registration page.

Additional information about Ocean Awareness Training, including opportunities on Maui, is available on the program’s website.

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NOAA Education and Outreach Specialist

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

6600 Kalaniana'ole Hwy. Suite 301

Honolulu, Hawai'i 96825

(808) 694-3948

micki.ream@noaa.gov

http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov

 

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