MAHALO REEF WILDLIFE PROTECTORS!! Special mahalo to Leilani. Check out her great letter to the editor: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/05/15/editorial/letters/mahalo-for-saving-hawaiis-reef-fish/?HSA=194b6a458901371e7024fe618c296ed4e4d1286f.
TO DO. Please contact the Governor regarding SB1240 the Reef Wildlife Protection bill. Now would be a great time for more letters to the editor. It’s easy. Call Gov. Ige at 586-0034. Or submit comments or a request for a bill signing ceremony at http://governor.hawaii.gov/. To submit a letter, go to http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorial/.
OUR CONCERN. We have not yet heard back any positive news from the administration, only the negative spin from the State agency that has opposed the bill (DLNR / DAR) since it was first heard at the legislature. Despite data, public support and a global crisis in coral reef health and massive decline in marine animal populations, DLNR / DAR representatives continue to promote commercial extraction of reef wildlife. DLNR / DAR has bizarrely claimed there are no significant environmental impacts caused by the extraction of 1-5 million wild animals per year. It’s as if representatives within the state agency are in denial and cannot recognize the effects of massive extraction of reef wildlife despite all evidence.
The agency representatives do seem to recognize the reefs are at risk because of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and overfishing for food. And while it’s great the DLNR now protects rock, coral and sea cucumber from commercial collection they have failed time and time again to protect all other critical wildlife, including fish, eels, crabs, octopus, shark and thousands of animal species. Change is long overdue and time is running out.
Thanks again for your help!
TALK AT HANAUMA: This Thursday (tomorrow), as part of a month of lectures about Papahānaumokuākea at Hanauma Bay’s Theatre Thursdays, you can hear from Kalani Quiocho, Native Hawaiian Specialist for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The lecture is from 6:30 PM to 7:30 pm at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Theater, 100 Hanauma Bay Rd (off Kalanianaʻole Hwy.).
Admission and parking are free.
VOLUNTEER: For information on a Volunteer Opportunity at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Battle of Midway National Memorial (NM): https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15c1ad25d7178ff4.
APPLY FOR SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL: NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is currently recruiting members for the Sanctuary Advisory Council. The sanctuary is seeking to fill the following seats:
- Business/commerce (primary)
- Business/commerce (alternate)
- Conservation (alternate)
- Lāna‛i Island (alternate)
- Maui Island (alternate)
- Moloka‛i Island (primary)
- Moloka‛i Island (alternate)
- Native Hawaiian (primary)
- O‛ahu Island (alternate)
- Ocean Recreation (alternate)
- Tourism (primary)
The council is a community-based advisory group consisting of representatives from various user groups, government agencies and the public at large. The council provides advice to sanctuary management on the management and protection of the sanctuary. The council also serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary issues and acts as a conduit, relaying the community’s interests, concerns and management needs to the sanctuary. Council members serve three-year terms which are staggered to allow for continuity within the council.
The deadline for application submittal is May 31, 2017. For more information and to download an application, please visit http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/council_app_accepting.html or contact Shannon Ruseborn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due by Wednesday, May 31.