Coastline protection brings
June 23, 2015 (Hawaii Tribune
Herald) - In May,
Megan Lamson, Hawaii Wildlife Fund's Marine Debris
Project coordinator and marine biologist, met up with nature
photographer and ocean advocate Junji Takasago to receive a
generous crowd-funded donation from 255 donors across Japan.
"This donation will be used to continue our beach
cleanups and outreach work related to marine debris on Hawaii
Island," Lamson said. "Since we began our cleanup efforts in Hawaii
in 2003, HWF and volunteers have removed over 177 U.S. tons of
Sustained cleanup efforts along the remote southeast
Hawaii Island shoreline are of utmost importance to the health of
native marine and coastal wildlife. HWF estimates that at least
15-20 tons of marine debris wash ashore annually along this 10-mile
shoreline, a direct result of single-use plastic, or SUP,
consumption around the globe. The agency, in coordination with the
state Aquatics Resources Division and the Hawaii Wildlife Fund,
work collectively and alongside volunteers to identify, mark,
monitor and protect sea turtle nests.
Read entire article at Hawaii Tribune Herald
HWF clean-up receives
June 18, 2015 (Big Island Now)
- Isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii's shorelines
can become a gathering place for ocean debris that has traveled
hundreds of thousands of miles. Hawaii Wildlife Fund has been
combating the problem on the Big Island since 2003, and a new
crowd-funded donation from over 255 donors across Japan will only
strengthen the efforts.
The campaign "Protect
the Coast of Hawaii" is spearheaded by Junji Takasago, a
nature photographer and the director of the nonprofit Ocean
Wildlife Society; Manu Yamashita, a travel writer; and Angela Maki
Vernon, a professional surfer, raised nearly $4,000.
Megan Lamson, HWF's Marine Debris
Project Coordinator and marine biologist, met with Takasago in May
to receive the donation.
"This donation will be used to continue our beach
cleanups and outreach work related to marine debris on Hawaii
Island. Since we began our cleanup efforts in Hawaii in 2003, HWF
and volunteers have removed over 177 tons of marine debris. This
funding will help us plan and implement more cleanup efforts
through the end of the year," Lamson said.
Many of HWF's cleanups are focused on the southeast
side of the Big Island, where 15-20 tons of marine debris is washed
up annually within a 10 mile span. According to the HWF, the
shoreline will continue to be littered until there is a reduction
in single-use plastic worldwide.
Read entire article at Big Island Now
2015 sea turtle nesting season
May 29, 2015 (By Maui Now staff)
- Wildlife officials are asking the public to be mindful of
Hawksbill and green sea turtles as they begin their 2015 nesting
season along Maui beaches this month.
The public is advised to stay at least 30 feet away
from nesting turtles and watch quietly, as they are easily
The public can also help by keeping their dogs on a
leash when walking on Maui beaches, and staying at least 15 feet
away from basking (resting, not nesting) green turtles according to
the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Agency officials say, "the success of their nests is
crucial for the survival of these threatened and endangered
In a department press release, authorities said turtle
hatchlings should not be picked up and placed in the ocean, as
"they need to crawl on their own to set their navigational compass
and increase their chance of survival."
In addition to keeping a safe distance, wildlife
officials ask the public to immediately report sightings of nesting
activity, fresh turtle tracks, nest hatchlings, or turtles in
trouble by contacting one of the following individuals:
Skippy Hau, Department of Land and Natural Resources Division
of Aquatic Resources: (808) 243-5294
"Dawn Patrol" volunteers from the US Fish & Wildlife
Service will be walking 'key' beaches each morning from June 1 to
Sept. 30 to search for tracks left in the sand by nesting turtles.
The agency, in coordination with the state Aquatics
Resources Division and the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, work
collectively and alongside volunteers to identify, mark, monitor
and protect sea turtle nests.
Read entire article at MauiNow.com
Japan Tsunami Debris Travels
(Big Island Now) HAWAII - April 24,
2015 - More suspected Japan tsunami marine debris has washed
onto and near Hawaii shores.
According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, two
large plastic bins were reported this week.
of the bins was located at Kamilo Beach in Ka'u. Volunteers with
Hawaii Wildlife Fund removed the bin. Another bin was found on
Larsen's Beach on Kauai.
On Thursday, DLNR crews retrieved a 20-foot skiff in the Sandy
Beach area of Oahu. The boat had Japanese characters and vessel registration
numbers. This was the seventh boat since February to approach Hawaii that is
suspected to be from Japan.
Read entire article at BigIslandNow.com
Hawaiian Humpbacks proposed
HWF President offers comments,
April 21, 2015 - Hawaii
Wildlife Fund President
Hannah Bernard was quoted in
Honolulu Star Advertiser called
"Humpbacks no longer in danger, NOAA says," about NOAA's proposal
to remove Hawaiian humpback whales from the endangered species
list. Bernard said the recovery of the humpback is "…a success
story" ... but expressed concern that getting off the endangered
list will create complacency and lead to humpback problems later.
Read article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser
Good news for green sea
U.S. agency: Keep threatened status
MAUI, HAWAII - March 22, 2015
- Federal wildlife officials propose keeping Hawaii's green sea
turtles' threatened status under the Endangered Species Act,
meaning it would continue to be illegal to kill or hunt them.
Hawaii has a population of fewer than 4,000 nesting sea turtles,
nearly all of which nest on a low-lying island in the French Frigate Shoals in
the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, officials said.
announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service comes approximately three years after the Association
of Hawaiian Civic Clubs petitioned the government to study whether Hawaii's
green sea turtles might have recovered to the point where they no longer need
But Hawaii's turtles are vulnerable to disease, rising
sea levels and other threats, said Patrick Opay, the endangered
species branch chief of NOAA's Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional
Office. [Part of article removed here for brevity]
Hannah Bernard, president and
co-founder of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, said federal officials propose
reclassifying sea turtles into 11 distinct population segments,
since turtles in the same patch of ocean - the Hawaiian
archipelago, for instance, share a genetic heritage and are
isolated from other groups by vast expanses of ocean.
In Hawaii, sea turtles forage among the main islands,
but nest in the northwestern islands, she said.
"They're true kamaaina. They're keiki o ka aina,"
Bernard said. The turtles remain in their region and don't migrate
long distances, she said.
The turtles' designation as a distinct population,
with the help of DNA testing, allows for special wildlife
management, she said. For example, knowing the particulars about a
specific population area helps wildlife officials better manage and
protect the species. "We're more focused on our specific
populations," she said.
Read entire article at MauiNews.com
Coalition gains ruling in
injection wells lawsuit
New ruling opens Maui County up to
MAUI, HAWAII - Jan 26, 2015 -
A federal judge effectively ruled Friday that all four injection
wells at the Lahaina wastewater facility are "illegal" and in
violation of the Clean Water Act, leaving the county open to tens
of thousands of dollars a day in civil
a lawyer for a group suing the county over the wells said.
"Any use of the Lahaina facility is illegal" until the county
obtains a Clean Water Act permit, said David Henkin of Earthjustice, who
represents a coalition of groups in court, on Monday.
The lawsuit, filed in April 2012, contends that wastewater from the
injection wells is making its way to the ocean, endangering the public,
contributing to algal growth and harming coral reefs.
Four Maui community groups - Hawaii
Wildlife Fund, Surfrider Foundation, West Maui Preservation
Association and Sierra Club Maui Group - filed the lawsuit to force the county
to secure a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, part of the
Clean Water Act, which would set limits on the pollutants that can be discharged
from the wells.
Read entire article at MauiNews.com
Video: Hannah Bernard speaks out on court
HWF joins opposition to
governor's nominee Jan 26, 2015 - When Governor
David Ige nominated real estate developer Carleton Ching to head
the Department of Land and Natural Resources on January 23, Hawaii
Wildlife Fund joined a broad coalition of groups that opposed the
nomination. An anti-Ching online petition has garnered
more than 5,000 signatures.
Sign the petition
Gov. Ige justified his selection of Ching, saying,
"Stewardship of Hawaii's unique resources is one of the most
critical tasks of State government, and Carleton Ching has the
heart, knowledge and skills to lead the Department of Land and
account on LinkedIn lists his
development skills as "Marketing, real estate, first time home
buyers, investment properties, residential homes, public relations
and budgets." It makes no mention of any skills related to public
service, land management or conservation practices — an omission
that more than 18 organizations latched onto in the
joint statement they released this week,
blasting the nomination stating that Ching "has no demonstrated
expertise in managing the cultural and natural resources that fall
under the department's purview."
The statement was endorsed by Sierra Club, The Outdoor
Circle, Conservation Council for Hawaii, KAHEA: The
Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, Hawaii's Thousand Friends, Life of
the Land, Friends of Lana'i, Progressive Democrats of Hawaii,
Earthjustice, Defend O'ahu Coalition, Surfrider Foundation,
Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Hawaii
Alliance for Progressive Action, Hui Ho'omalu I Ka 'Aina, Kupa'a No
Lani, LOST FISH Coalition, MANA (Movement for Aloha No Ka 'Aina),
Maui Tomorrow, Puna Pono Alliance, Wailua-Kapa'a Neighborhood
Association, West Maui Preservation Association, and 'Ilio'ulaokalani
Big Island Chronicle: KaChing!
The Garden Island: Kauai groups oppose DLNR
HWF ends its 2014 marine debris season Dec7, 2014 - HAWAII ISLAND - On
Friday, Hawaii Wildlife Fund ended its 2014 marine debris season
loading net and line into a
container for shipment to Honolulu. The HWF team loaded about 4.5 tons of net into a 40' trailer provided by
Matson Navigation's Ka Ipu 'Aina program.
Megan Lamson, Marine Debris Project Coordinator for HWF, said "Most of the net and line was recovered
from the southeast Ka'u coast." The container will be shipped to O'ahu, where Schnitzer Steel will chop it into pieces and then it will be burned at
the Covanta H-Power plant.
This Nets-to-Energy partnership was arranged by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine
Debris Program to keep the material out of the landfill and create electricity with it.
Vessel lost in tsunami returned to Japan Nov 24, 2014 - JOHNSON ATOLL, HI- This article in the
Honolulu Star-Advertiser tells
how a Japanese man was reunited with his personal watercraft that he lost in the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.
Three years later, a volunteer found it washed up
on Johnston Atoll, a tiny island some 800 miles southwest of Hawaii.
HWF's Hawaii Island Marine Debris Removal Project Coordinator who met the
owner of the vessel at a tsunami marine debris symposium in Japan, was interviewed for the
Read article (PDF)
Turtle Tracks Sept-Oct 2014 - MAUI, HI- Beneath the starlight, the sand begins to boil with life. A tiny head emerges, followed by a flipper. Soon turtle hatchlings
- each no bigger than a toddler’s hand - swarm the beach, heroically crawling toward the sea.
Since 1996, Hawaii Wildlife Fund volunteers have spent sleepless nights patrolling Maui beaches,
anticipating this magical moment. Two sea-turtle species nest here: honu, the green turtle snorkelers often see, and honu'ea, the endangered Hawaiian hawksbill. While most honu nest in the remote reaches of the archipelago, honu'ea nest exclusively in the main Hawaiian Islands, primarily on the Big Island. With fewer than 100 nesting hawksbills statewide, the success of each nest is crucial for the survival of the species.
Cheryl King, HWF's vice president and research director, is Maui's sea turtle expert
--and midwife of sorts. She has closely monitored honu'ea and honu since 2000.
Finding these elusive reptiles is no easy feat, she says. "We've identified
eight nesting females on Maui, which is as much of an accomplishment as it is a
> Read article in Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine
The program will bring two marine science mentors into 20 elementary schools to introduce topics such as ocean circulation,
marine ecology and human impacts, including marine debris. Mentors will work with teachers to coordinate relevant student activities that
meet the math and science benchmarks and Common Core standards for the state Department
of Education for each grade level. These in-class
lectures will conclude with student presentations of potential solutions to reduce marine debris in Hawaii and elsewhere throughout the
The program will culminate with a family beach cleanup day at island marine debris hubs including Kamilo Point in Ka'u,
Pololu in North Kohala, Kanekanaka Point in South Kohala, Cape Kumukahi in Puna, Kaipalaoa in Hilo and Ooma in Kona.The program began with
financial support from a Hawaii Wildlife Fund T-shirt fundraiser and will now be sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration Marine Debris Program.
For more information about this marine debris prevention program or to sign up a classroom,
contact Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org; and for more information about volunteering for its next Ka‘u coastal cleanup event,
contact Megan at email@example.com or 769-7629. Find additional resources and details about HWF’s ongoing conservation
projects online at wildhawaii.org.
> Read article in West Hawaii Today
Fencing meant to protect dunes and turtles
HWF's Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project protects turtles July 17, 2014 - MAUI, HI -
Kealia Pond National Wildlife
Area Park Ranger Courtney Brown (right) and
Cheryl King, vice president and Maui
research coordinator for
Hawaii Wildlife Fund,
bolt a section of fencing together along North Kihei Road on Tuesday morning.
The fence made from recycled plastic is designed to keep nesting sea turtles from
cresting the dunes and stepping into traffic. In separate incidents in the 1990s, a pair of endangered hawksbill turtles were killed when struck by cars. It is
estimated that there are fewer than 100 adult female hawksbills that nest in Hawaii. King said the fencing is also a way to protect the dunes, which see a
lot of activity being so close to both the road and the beach. The project also involves removing the old wood and wire sand fencing that formerly protected
the turtles and fragile dunes.
> Read article in the Maui News
Federal Court rules against Maui County
County subject to penalties for violation of Clean Water Act June 2, 2014 - HONOLULU, HI On Friday, May 30,
the federal district court in Honolulu ruled
that Maui County is violating the Clean Water Act by using injection wells to illegally discharge wastewater from a water treatment facility.
The court concluded that most of the three to five million gallons of wastewater the
County’s Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility dumps
into the wells each day flows through groundwater and emerges offshore of popular Kahekili Beach Park in West Maui, where the wastewater-laden
groundwater "substantially affects the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the ocean water."
The court will impose civil penalties for the County’s violations following a hearing set for March 17, 2015.
In 2012, four Hawaii community groups - Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Surfrider Foundation, West Maui Preservation Association, and Sierra Club-Maui
Group - filed suit under the federal Clean Water Act to stop Maui County from discharging wastewater into the ocean from its Lahaina treatment
plant without a permit. Their lawsuit followed years of unsuccessful efforts to resolve the issue out of court.
> Read Press Release
Dawn Patrol: Sea Turtle Nesting Season
County subject to penalties for violation of Clean Water Act May 30, 2014 - MAUI, HI - Wildlife officials are asking the public to be mindful of Hawksbill and
green sea turtles as they begin their 2014 nesting season along Maui beaches next month.
The public is advised to stay at least 30 feet away from nesting turtles and watch quietly, as they are easily disturbed.
Officials from the US Fish and Wildlife Service say the success of their nests is crucial for the survival of these threatened and endangered species.
In addition to keeping a safe distance, wildlife officials ask the public to immediately report sightings of nesting activity, fresh turtle tracks, nest
hatchlings, or turtles in trouble by contacting one of the following individuals:
Skippy Hau, Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources: (808) 243-5294
Courtney Brown, US Fish and Wildlife Service: (808) 268-6316, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawaii Wildlife Fund partners with Bluecology
New partnership expands HWF's volunteer, outreach opportunities January 17, 2014 - MAUI, HI -
Hawaii Wildlife Fund has formed a new partnership with a
California-based marine nonprofit organization
specializes in eco-travel and volunteer efforts. Working with Bluecology, HWF
will offer new student field programs and volunteer
vacations for adults on Maui. Through education,
community service and outreach, the organizations will work together to
further the cause of protection of Hawaii's threatened species and
"Hawaii Wildlife Fund depends on volunteers to help its core
team conduct our native
wildlife monitoring and habitat restoration projects," said
Hawaii Wildlife Fund president
Hannah Bernard, adding
with Bluecology will allow Hawaii Wildlife Fund to tap into a larger pool of volunteers and
thus expand the research we are doing. This is a great opportunity for people who want to give back while
having fun on vacation."
HWF has conducted conservation programs and projects on
Maui and the island of Hawaii since 1996. Actively engaging local
communities, HWF works to protect Hawaii's fragile marine ecosystem and
wildlife through research, education and advocacy.
Based in California, Bluecology's senior staff has a combined 50 years of experience
establishing community-based conservation and marine protected areas. They assist communities
in Micronesia, Central and South America by providing experts and trained volunteers to help develop and
implement a variety of conservation programs. The new partnership with HWF
will expand Bluecology's reach to Hawaii.
Volunteerism is core to both organizations. The partnership expands the
ways that individuals can become hands-on active participants in
marine conservation. For those who do not wish to or are unable to
take an active role in conservation efforts, they can help spread the word
through social media. Also support through donations is always welcome.
> Donate to HWF
> Volunteer with HWF
> Learn more about Bluecology
But quickly I realize it's not a seal. It's a sea turtle.
As I watch, another appears, and another, then another — all aiming at the
same corner of the bustling beach.
For months, dozens of green sea turtles have been showing up every evening
at this same spot on Maui, hauling out on the sand to stay for hours.
Naturalists call it "basking."
"We don’t quite understand why they chose this place, but once they did
they have kept coming," says
Hannah Bernard, president of the
nonprofit Hawaii Wildlife Fund, which has organized an effort to help
protect them. "No place in the world has as many basking turtles."
Visitors can photograph the turtles. Or they can have a richer experience:
While on the island, they can volunteer as turtle monitors with Bernard’s
group, helping to educate others about these endangered sea creatures the
locals call "honu."
Helping the honu means spending a few hours on the beach, hardly a painful
commitment. It's just one way to turn your island vacation into
"voluntourism" — giving back some of the spirit of aloha.
Read entire article online at the Seattle Times
Meanwhile, Megan Lamson,
Stacey Breining and Lauren Kurpita hand-pulled and removed nonnative plant species, such as seashore paspalum, by the bucket load. Such invasive species are supplanting native vegetation, taking over the habitat. Floating in a borrowed yellow kayak, Nohea Kaawa and her sister, Kaila Olson, steadily gathered the accumulating
limu (algae) into a slimy pile.
It’s dirty work, but these six Hawaii Wildlife Fundteam members and
volunteers laughed off the conditions Tuesday as part of the rewarding experience of repairing damage and improving the environment.
The results of the study were released Wednesday by four Maui citizen groups and Earthjustice, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of the groups against Maui County in U.S. District Court for "illegally discharging wastewater into the ocean from its Lahaina treatment facility's injection wells."
"This study confirms what we've been saying for years, wastewater injected at the Lahaina facility travels underground and ends up in the ocean offshore of Kahekili Beach, contributing pollutants to near-shore waters," said Caroline Ishida, attorney for Earthjustice,
which filed the lawsuit for Hawai'i Wildlife Fund, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club-Maui Group and the West Maui Preservation Association.
Hannah Bernard of the Hawai'i Wildlife Fund said that while the UH study did not look into the environmental effects of the wastewater seepage, other studies have shown that water quality and temperature "can cause impacts on the reefs." Excess nutrients can be attributed to algal blooms, she added.
Read entire article at MauiNews.com
Marine debris connects filmmaker with HWF
Hawaii Wildlife Fund provides info for Japanese video project
HWF's Megan Lamson is featured in this video created by Japanese
filmmaker Atsuko Quirk. Lamson appears at about the 3-minute mark.
> Watch video JAPAN - JULY 2013 Hawaii
Wildlife Fund provided information for a documentary created by Japanese filmmaker Atsuko Quirk about students studying marine debris
washing ashore in Japan. Quirk
posted her video on the website Kickstarter
this summer in an effort to bring the global issue of marine debris into
focus and raise funds for the project. As part of
her research, she contacted HWF's Megan Lamson, who
is featured in the documentary showing the 9th grade students
(via Skype) some Japanese items that her team has found on Hawaiian shores through
HWF's Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project.
The bill includes a $20 million budget appropriation for the acquisition, and is aimed at protecting the area from potential development.
"Let me tell you that’s no small thing," said Gov. Abercrombie during today’s bill signing ceremony at the Grand Wailea Resort in South Maui.
"What that means is that Maui legislators were able to make a very specific case in terms of the public good being established and put some serious dollars behind it."
"It’s important in preserving one of the most iconic landmarks in
Hawaii – I think that speaks for itself and says volumes about it," said the governor in comments today.
Read entire article at MauiNow.com
HWF sea turtle project focus of student video
Students learn about conservation through video project
HWF's Hawksbill sea turtle conservation program is featured in this video created by Maui students. MAUI - June 24, 2013
One of the educational projects of
Maui Huliau Foundation provides after-school training that teaches students filmmaking techniques.
This year's program, funded by Hawai'i Tourism Authority,
resulted in 11 videos created by Maui students ages 12-18. One of those
films, entitled "Hawksbills: A Path to Recovery" was made by three
students and focuses on the work being done by Hawaii Wildlife Fund to
help protect the endangered Hawaiian Hawksbill sea turtle through
protecting nesting areas and feeding habitat.
View 11 Student Videos
Marine debris rests after a likely long journey
Photo by Matthew Thayer/Maui News MAUI - May 11, 2013 A large steel buoy pulled from the ocean Thursday rests on the shore at Makena State Park on Friday morning as
Cheryl King and Maui County ocean safety Capt. Zach Edlao inspect other debris collected. King, the founder
of Sharkastics and vice president of
Hawaii Wildlife Fund, said she could not positively say where the debris came from
because it lacks distinctive markings to identify it as flotsam
generated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. "I can't say for 100 percent sure," she said. "This is a very typical selection
of stuff that always comes up here. This is the stuff we've been picking up for years." She said there have been only 21 confirmed pieces of
tsunami debris recovered in the United States, with eight of those found in Hawaii.
Read entire article online at MauiNews.com
What to do if you see marine debris in Hawaii (pdf)
HWF receives grant for marine debris clean ups
State awards grants to address Japanese Tsunami debris April 30, 2013 -
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) with assistance from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources
(DLNR) is awarding six local non-profit,
community groups grant funds to help address Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) and keep Hawaii’s shorelines clean. The focus is on potential debris
originating from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011.
"The six grants totaling $100,000 complement ongoing efforts by community groups that are already working to address marine debris,
including debris originating from the Japan tsunami," said Gary Gill, deputy director of the DOH Environmental Health Administration.
"For years Hawaii has depended on volunteers to keep marine debris off our beaches. Today, we are providing a little support for the very big job they do."
The selected projects will help to reduce the impacts of marine debris from alien species, marine life entanglement, economic costs, and human health
and safety. The awardees are:
Surfrider Kauai, $25,000 (for Kauai County); Hawaii Wildlife Fund, $20,000 (for Maui County);
Recycle Hawaii, $20,000 (for Hawaii County);
Surfrider Oahu, $13,000 (for Honolulu County);
Kupu, $11,000 (for Honolulu County); and
Sustainable Coastlines, $11,000 (for Honolulu County)
Read entire article online at HawaiiReporter.com
HWF featured in National Park Service
Hawaii Wildlife Fund's Megan Lamson contributing writer ALASKA - March 18, 2013Hawaii
Wildlife Fund's Megan Lamson was a contributing writer for a four-page
electronic newsletter, Pacific Ocean Newsletter, recently published by the
National Park Service.
HWF's Lamson interviewed on Public Radio OAHU, HAWAII - March 15, 2013 Hawaii Wildlife Fund's
Megan Lamson was interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation" news show
HWF's Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project, which conducts
community shoreline cleanups in one of the dirtiest beaches in the
Pacific. Lately, they have been encountering marine debris from the
Japanese Tsunami, which has garnered international attention to the plight
of marine debris on Hawaii Island.
Listen to the Podcast on Hawaii Public Radio
HWF Team featured in CNN story on March 11
Hawaii Wildlife Fund's clean up efforts at Kamilo Point featured KAMILO POINT, HI - March 8, 2013 On March 5,
Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF) staff and several volunteers brought CNN news crew
from Los Angeles down to Kamilo Point on the Island of Hawaii to "talk story" about Japanese Tsunami marine debris along the southeast coastline. The story will be told by CNN news correspondent Kyung Lah.
The first part of CNN's series on marine debris will air on March 11 at 9 am and 10 am
Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is 4 am and 5 am in Hawaii. The story
will be re-run throughout the day. This story will appear on the two-year anniversary of the huge tsunami that originated in the Fukushima
district in Japan.
Watch Video at CNN.COM
FYI another follow-up story that focuses on marine debris problems in general, NOAA’s Nets-to-Energy Program, and recycled “ocean plastic”
bottled cleaning products by the San Francisco-based company, Method, will air on CNN national and international broadcasting programs in April.
The Environmental Protection Agency's recently released study determined several things that would disturb anyone who cares about the health of coastal waters,
and reaffirms why a Clean Water Act lawsuit was filed over these discharges in April.
The county injects 3 million to 5 million gallons of wastewater into the ground every day at Lahaina and, per the EPA study, the majority of the water
discharged from the nearshore submarine seeps comes from the wells. Wastewater makes it to the ocean in less than three months and affects the temperature
and chemistry of the surrounding ocean water.
Nitrogen, phosphorous and other substances flow from the wells out to the ocean, causing damage to the reefs and to nearshore water quality.
The county started disinfecting its injected wastewater in October 2011 because of an enforcement action by EPA, which may explain why the Department
of Health isn't finding high levels of bacteria at the seeps now, but says nothing about what the bacteria levels were before disinfection.
Coral reefs are extremely sensitive and any changes to the environment can affect their health. The county must use the information it has to
clean up and reduce its wastewater discharges. Until it does, West Maui waters will be neither clean nor safe.
"Bill Gilmartin has dedicated his professional life to protecting Hawaii’s
marine life and environment," said Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Hawaii
executive director. "His efforts to save the Hawaiian monk seal are an
inspiration to us all. He is a true community treasure."
Some Hawaii residents fondly recall when the turtles provided meat for their tables – and would like to be allowed to hunt them again.
Because Hawaii’s green sea turtles are listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), it is illegal to harass, feed, hunt,
capture or kill the turtles. The turtles – known as "honu" in Hawaiian – received this protection in 1978, following decades of commercial exploitation
that caused their population to plummet, and the failure of a Hawaii state law passed in 1974 to reverse the decline.
A pending decision by National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish and Wildlife could erase this federal protection, which would return the turtles'
management to the state.
The current review of the turtle's status was triggered by a petition filed by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs last February, which
asked that Hawaiian green sea turtles be reclassified as a "distinct population segment" and that this distinct population be considered for
"delisting" from the US Endangered Species list.
"For Hawaiians, the honu — if you remove the emotions — the honu gives us sustenance," said Charles Kaaiai, speaking at the Maui Sea Turtle
Symposium conducted last month by Pacific Whale Foundation. Kaaiai, a member of the civic clubs association, is the indigenous coordinator of the
Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, a federal organization that manages and implements laws governing fishing activity in Hawaii.
Cheryl King, Maui Research Coordinator of Hawaii Wildlife Fund’s
Hawksbill Recovery Project, commented that living turtles have greater economic
value in attracting visitors to the state.
"Announcing that turtles can be hunted again will cast a dark shadow over Hawaii," she wrote,
"A turtle slaughter would be a horrible thing for most
families to witness, especially if they've experienced the beauty of
watching them underwater."
Read full article at MauiNow.com
of Hawaii Wildlife Fund congratulated the youth group led by `Imi Pono No
Ka `Aina “for finding what may possibly
be the first likely ‘verifiable’
tsunami debris item to wash ashore on Hawai`i Island!” Since at least
June, suspicious debris items have been reported, including unusual
“oyster” buoys, industrial pvc pipes and random boat parts washing ashore
along the east side of the island, Lamson reported. However, each of these
reports are considered “unconfirmed” Japanese tsunami debris.
According to oceanographic models by Dr. Nikolai Maximenko and Dr. Jan
Hafner, of University of Hawai`i, arrivals from the Fukushima event from
March 11, 2011 should begin to arrive on Hawai`i Island about now. They
could possibly include “this massive yellow metal tank found makai of
Na`alehu on Wednesday, Oct 3.”
Lamson said that Hawaii Wildlife Fund “is worried about new debris
items like this one refloating, and thereby continuing to endanger
wildlife (marine mammals, fishes, coral reefs) and also creating
navigational hazards. Our other concerns include “hitch-hikers” (invasive
species introductions) and potential health hazards to our people and
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Sixty-one people joined the Hawaii Wildlife Fund's
"Get the Drift & Bag It!" event, cleaning a 1-mile stretch from Kamilo Point to Kaluahonu in Ka‘u.
Participants included the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s marine debris science class, the Orchidland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth group
and a crew of five from the San Diego-based Pacific Beach Shoreclub, according to Megan Lamson, HWF debris project coordinator.
The group collected about 2,760 pounds of junk, including about 1,000 pounds of fishing net bundles, Lamson said. Also in the mix of 141,759
pieces of stuff were 90,004 plastic fragments, 26,228 bottle or container caps, 2,550 oyster spacers, 1,380 aluminum or tin cans, 120 tires, 71
rubber slippers and 252 plastic bags.
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An ocean steward in his spare time, Jacob Freeman of CDF Engineering
participated as the project engineer. Using a helicopter, Freeman's teams
lifted trash and recyclables back to Maui.
King and Freeman recently returned from being hosted by the
Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich in Switzerland, where last December they shipped a 40-foot container filled with over 6.6 tons of marine debris collected from Kaho'olawe.
King said she simply responded to an online request for marine debris for
their educational exhibit. "It was a dream come true to be able to spread
the marine debris message to such a large audience," King said.
Ke Ola calls volunteers 'Clean-up Crusaders' July 2012 -
Hawai’i Wildlife Fund's efforts to clean up the islands' coasts is recognized this month
Ke Ola magazine in its July/August issue.
(Ke Ola means "The Life" in Hawaiian.) Entitled, "Clean-up Crusaders,"
the article focuses on HWF's Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project lead by
who organizes and leads countless clean-ups every year on Hawai’i Island (Big
Island), which has some of Hawaii's most littered shorelines. Their
efforts are often centered in the Ka'u district, where there is an ongoing struggle to
keep up with the large amount of marine debris that is increasingly washing up onto the
coastline by ocean currents that converge there.
HWF's Megan Lamson and Stacey Breining work to clear a derelict Fish Aggregating Device off Kamilo Beach on Big Island. April 23, 2012 - La Mode Verte (LMV), researchers and makers of a documentary film called Plastic Shores, included a post on their blog
today, entitled, "Those Who Helped with Plastic Shores: Hawai’i Wildlife Fund." The blog entry reads: After the conference, LMV flew to the largest Hawaiian island,
Big Island, to film what is commonly thought of as one of the world’s worst shorelines for plastic pollution, Kamilo
Beach. We had met the Hawaii Wildlife Fund's Megan Lamson
5th International Marine Debris Conference and she kindly
organized for us to go to Kamilo with herself and another HWF member
Read entire LMV blog post
After years of unsuccessful efforts to resolve the issue out of
court, the nonprofit public-interest law firm Earthjustice filed the
complaint in federal district court April 16 on behalf of the four
The plaintiff groups - Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Surfrider
Foundation, West Maui Preservation Association, and Sierra Club-Maui
Group - complain that three to five million gallons of wastewater
are injected into wells at the facility every day. The tainted water
surfaces offshore of Kahekili Beach Park in West Maui, killing
corals, triggering outbreaks of invasive algae and endangering the
health of people swimming and surfing there.
"While disinfection is a step in the right direction, it won't
remove nitrogen and phosphorous from the wastewater, so it won't get
rid of the harmful algae growth at Kahekili," said Hannah Bernard of
Hawaii Wildlife Fund.
The network of Subaru Hawaii dealerships – Big Island, Kahului and Oahu – will donate $250 to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and SPCA Maui
for every new vehicle sold from Nov. 1 throughout Dec. 31 of this year. Their “Share the Love” events will benefit the Hawaii Wildlife Fund,
SPCA Maui, Hawaii Island Humane Society, Oahu SPCA and Hawaii Literacy.
Turtle Adoption Saturday December 3. PHOTO: Cheryl King/HWF
For those not ready to purchase a car, visit Subaru’s Facebook page and vote for one of the five charities in their poll.
The winner, announced at the end of December, will win $5,000 from Subaru.
Hawaii Wildlife Fund was founded in 1996 and is dedicated to the preservation of the state’s fragile marine ecosystem and its inhabitants.
“It’s tricky to focus on one species over another, we focus mauka to makai,” said fund president Hannah Bernard. “Everything we do
on land affects the nearshore. Here in Hawaii everything is connected.”
Kamilo Beach cleanup netted tons of trash over Veterans Day weekend.
November 25, 2011 - MAUI - Kamilo Beach Cleanup statistics are in from Veterans Day weekend.
Megan Lamson, of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, reports that 66 volunteers picked up 72 extra large bags of rubbish, 27 burlap bags of trash
and eight re-used Dacalio Coffee bags to haul away nearly 3,000 pounds of rubbish in seven pickup trucks. A thousand pounds of derelict
fishing nets were removed. Some of the other junk that could hurt wildlife include more than 8,000 plastic caps and lids, black tubing,
all kinds of bottles, plastic crates, plastic bags and food wrappers, plastic straws and coffee stirrers, rubber slippers, light bulbs
and tubes and cigarette lighters. Volunteers even removed micropalstic confetti from the beach at Kamilo.
The next beach cleanup is Dec. 10 at Hon`onoua, the southernmost anchialine pond. Another scouring of a Ka`u Coast beach will is set for Jan. 14.
Read article online
HWF researcher wins award in photo contest August 31, 2011 - MAALAEA, MAUI — Hawaii Wildlife Fund researcher Cheryl King's photo
of a hawksbill sea turtle hatchling entering the sea was awarded the People’s Choice Award in the Maui Ocean Center’s "I Love Marine Life" photo contest.
HWF's Cheryl King took this photo during a rare
sunrise hatchling emergence at Kealia, the site that the lawsuit
More than 50 entries were accepted and 10 finalists were selected by judges. The finalists work was then displayed at the aquarium for seven days,
giving visitors at the park a chance to vote for the People's Choice winner, for which King got the most votes.
The Judges' Choice winner is
Tammy Brehio, who took a photo of a hermit crab. The other finalists were: Amita Schmidt, Jenna Long, David Williams, Dawn Eshelman, James Tobin,
Steven Jenness and Faith Giesick. Finalists and winners won prizes and had their photos featured at the recent Maui Photo Festival's slide show.
HWF's Cheryl King took this photo of a hawksbill
sea turtle off of West Maui where water quality is in question.
The groups include the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, West Maui Preservation Association, Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter and Sierra Club-Maui Group.
The county responded by explaining that it operates LWRF under permits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state Department
of Health (DOH), and the plant is operating in compliance with all permit conditions and applicable laws.
According to the groups, the county facility in Honokowai injects millions of gallons of wastewater every day into the groundwater via injection wells.
Although the water is treated at the facility, it still contains bacteria, chemicals and other pollutants when it is pumped into the ground.
“The county has known for many years, and scientific studies have shown, that this wastewater flows through the groundwater into Maui’s nearshore
waters, where it degrades the water quality, presents health risks and promotes algae blooms,” the groups contend.
Read full article online at The Lahaina News
The notice claims that treated effluent injected into the ground at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility has been
seeping into the ocean off Kaanapali, causing pollution that poses a health risk for ocean users and stimulates the growth of reef-choking algae.
The document states that the county must obtain a special discharge permit in order to come into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
County officials responded by saying that the treatment plant has been operating legally under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
state Department of Health permits, and that the county had been cooperating with state and federal regulators to be sure it was
complying with all of the permits' conditions.
Part of that process has been conducting tracer and seep studies to determine whether the effluent was reaching offshore waters and whether
the county needed to obtain a discharge permit, they noted in a news release issued Wednesday.
"Until those studies are complete, any talk of alleged violations is premature at best," the county said in its statement.
When the cleanups began in 2003, Hawaii Wildlife Fund founder Bill Gilmartin instructed
volunteers not to pick up anything smaller than
their hands. Now that older, larger items have been removed and community involvement has taken off, things have changed to more of a
"maintenance" level, with concentration on newly arrived trash. Volunteers are even straining micro plastic from the sand, Lamson said.
Tonight in Waimea, Lamson will discuss marine debris, Hawaii Wildlife Fund's removal efforts and ways to reduce single-use plastics.
The Reef Talk begins at 6 p.m. in Thelma Parker Library.
A stewy body of plastic and marine debris floats in gyres, formed by winds and currents in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.
The plastic containers, toys, bags, fishing lines and nets discarded on land or at sea float endlessly in these gyres, breaking down
into smaller and smaller pieces, but never completely disappearing, Lamson said.
Read full article online at West Hawaii Today
On April 2, less than a month after the tsunami struck Japan, Hawaii Wildlife Fund volunteers
cleaned a debris-filled shoreline on the Big Island of Hawai'i which
always attracts floating trash. Experts predict debris from Japan
will hit this same beach in three to five years. PHOTO: Megan Lamson/HWF April 10, 2011 - Computer modeling by researchers at the University of Hawaii projects
that debris from Japan's tsunami will reach the Big Island in three to five years. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake March 11 triggered a massive wall of water that surged over coastal towns near Sendai, Japan. Homes,
vehicles and even people were washed out to sea. Rescuers worked around the clock pulling out survivors, some miles from where they'd been taken.
But left behind were enormous masses of floating debris. That debris is now being carried eastward by the surface current phenomenon
known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, according to scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa International Pacific Research Center.
[Portions of article removed for brevity.
Read entire article.]
As director of research and a cofounder of the Hawaii Wildlife Fund,
Bill Gilmartin has worked since 2003 to organize cleanups of the Big Island's
shores. At times, he said, it feels like an uphill battle, with some beaches blanketed by garbage just a week after being cleaned. But,
he said, he views his mission not as keeping the beaches clean but as removing garbage from the water. "What we're doing is keeping it out of the ocean," he said. "A lot of the material (on the beaches) refloats. The more we're able to
pull off the beach, the more we're keeping from going back into the ocean. The goal is to reduce what is going into the ocean."
Read full article in Hawaii Tribune Herald newspaper
Beach debris hauled in from the Ka`u Coast includes many plastics.
PHOTO: Hawai`i Wildlife Fund March 25, 2011 - This is
Marine Debris Awareness Week, and the fifth annual International Marine Debris Conference is being held in Hawai`i. Conferees are developing a commitment from international representatives to reduce ocean dumping that would cut back on trash that reaches some of the most remote places in the world, including the Ka`u
Coast, where volunteers routinely clean up ... Marine resources expert Megan Lamson of Ka`u
is attending the conference, which has the theme Global Lessons to
Inspire Local Action.
Read full article in The Ka`u Calendar News Briefs blog
HWF Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project
HWF pulls 1,500 pounds of net off Kamilo Beach January 30, 2011 - KA'U,
HAWAII - Fifteen hundred pounds of net were pulled off Kamilo Beach
near South Point on just one workday in January by
the Hawai`i Wildlife Fund. In addition to nets, volunteers found
computer circuit boards, a scuba cylinder, motorcycle helmet, liquor
bottles from Japan and Scotland, an old tube television and car
tires. The 33 volunteers also pulled out 66 large garbage bags of
debris from the beach. The next Ka`u Coast cleanup days are April 2
and June 4. The Wildlife Fund is also starting an anchialine pond
restoration project. To help out, call Megan McWhite Lamson at
769-7629 or email
Read full article in The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper
HWF Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project
HWF helps create false killer whale protection plan
HWF President Hannah Bernard participated in a
ground-breaking, consensus plan to reduce
false killer whale bycatch by Hawaii's longline fleet.
July 20, 2010 - (AP) - HONOLULU — Fishermen who use longlines to catch ahi, mahimahi and
other fish off Hawaii should use a different kind of hook so they don't accidentally severely injure or kill a rare dolphin species, a federal
advisory group said. Longline fleet captains should undergo training on how to release any mistakenly caught false killer whales in a way that minimizes the
chance they'll be seriously harmed, the group told the National Marine Fisheries Service, the federal agency responsible for regulating the fishery.
The agency had asked scientists, fishermen, conservationists and regulators to form the advisory group and make recommendations.
Read related article in Honolulu Magazine
Read Press Release (PDF)
Volunteers help rebuild turtle fence near highway HWF staff and volunteers during the 'Kanu's Live Aloha Day' turtle fence repair project at Kihei, Maui, on June 19. >> PHOTO GALLERY June 19, 2010 - In honor of "Kanu’s
Live Aloha Day" today, HWF staff and volunteers worked together to protect
nesting turtles by repairing the wooden fence that helps keep turtles off
The event took place at the Kihei hawksbill nesting beach called Kealia or
"Sugar Beach." This was a follow-up of the first major fence repair and
trash clean-up conducted on May 30, in which 23 people participated.
Since HWF is still waiting for the completion of a more permanent fence
made out of recycled plastic, the old wooden fence (initially installed in
1997 but in need of frequent repair) provides the only barrier stopping
nesting turtles from wandering onto the dangerously nearby highway.
HWF's Project Leader Cheryl King: "Maintaining the wooden fence requires rolls and rolls of fencing,
many posts, spools and spools of wire, whatever else we can find, and the
energy of dedicated volunteers who realize the critical importance of the
fence. It is now a solid turtle barrier and HWF asks for community
assistance in keeping it that way. Mahalo!"
On Saturday, June 26, HWF is organizing another beach cleanup at Kealia
with the South Maui Sustainability group, from 8 am to 10 am. For more
information, contact Cheryl King at (808) 385-5464 or Angie Hofmann at
Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project
coastline. The tests are meant to determine if the injection of
millions of gallons per day of sewage effluent is reaching our
nearshore waters and has the potential to affect the quality of the
water, the health of the coral reef system and the physical and
economic health of the county's citizens and visitors.
The EPA ordered the county to submit a proposal for the sampling
plan by March 15 and that the final sampling plan to be submitted by April
26. According to the article, none of these submissions occurred. The
county appears to be stalling ...
Read the entire editorial at mauinews.com
A baby hawksbill sea
turtle finds itself stuck in a footprint in this 2008 photo.
Starting next month, volunteers will start a Dawn Patrol to
monitor Maui beaches for turtle nests.
PHOTO: CHERYL KING
according to Cheryl King,
research coordinator of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, which helps monitor nests.
Finding the nests can be a life-and-death matter for baby turtles. Last year, a previously unknown hawksbill laid a nest in front of
the Maui Lu, but nobody noticed. The babies, misled by street lights, crawled onto South Kihei Road.
"(They) were squashed," King said. "It was pretty traumatic."
HWF volunteers and professional wildlife biologists were alerted and managed to save some nestlings. The same turtle also had made two nests
at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Those were spotted and hatched out successfully.
Glynnis Nakai, manager of the refuge, will announce soon a meeting to organize this year's Dawn Patrol, a volunteer watch that monitors
three South Maui beaches for signs of nesting by the critically endangered hawksbills.
King said more volunteers always can be used, because it would be desirable to expand the patrol to more than three beaches. It would be
impossible, she said, to monitor them all.
Read full article at mauinews.com
April 7, 2010 - A dozen years ago I met a strapping young man, just out of high school and working as first mate on a snorkel cruise boat. Much to my amazement, one of his duties on daily excursions to Molokini was to discourage a rambunctious teenage monk seal, known for making amorous advances on unsuspecting tourists.
I had read about "Humpy," as the seal was dubbed, and his interactions with surprised swimmers, mainly in the Makena area of
South Maui. Agencies responded to the ongoing incidents by relocating the frisky seal to Kaho'olawe. But within days, the seal had returned and was frequenting Molokini islet, with its hundreds of daily snorkelers and divers. While some visitors were undoubtedly thrilled to encounter the rare pinniped, they may not have been aware of the dangers associated. To humans, yes, as seals are known to nip or bite. But much more so to the seal. [portion of article removed - read full article]
Biologist Bill Gilmartin began studying Hawaiian monk seals in 1978, investigating die-offs on Laysan Island. He worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service from 1980 until his retirement in 1995, serving as a vital member of the Monk Seal Recovery Team (MSRT).
The MSRT pushed for greater measures to aid survival of seal pups and launched efforts in the '80s '90s to relocate newly weaned pups, allowing them to grow and fatten in captivity before returning to the wild.
In 1994, Gilmartin and his team relocated 21 adult males to the main Hawaiian Islands to prevent aggressive "mobbing" behavior during breeding season that sometimes injures or kills females in estrus.
Following his "retirement" from NMFS, Gilmartin and fellow scientist
Hannah Bernard formed the
Hawaii Wildlife Fund in 1996, primarily to address gaps in recovery efforts for endangered hawksbill turtles and monk seals. Both believe that partnership with the community us key.
"We've seen an increase of larger, healthier animals in the main [Hawaiian] Islands," said Gilmartin. "With that, there will continue to be more on our beaches. More education will allow for collaboration."
Read full article at mauitime.com
HWF organizes 'More Fish in the Sea' festival
Ken Schmitt of Hike Maui, left, stops by the Hawai'i Wildlife Fund kuleana
booth at the 2010 More Fish in the Sea festival to talk story with event organizers Hannah Bernard and
PHOTO: ROB PARSONS April 3, 2010 - Maui, Hawaii - The More Fish in the
Sea ocean awareness fair celebrated one of our most precious
resources, the ocean, featuring educational booths, water quality
lessons, reef surveys and a beach clean-up.
Entertainment included music by Oren Masserman of Barefoot Minded, an ocean film festival,
and information on island-wide projects throughout the month of April in celebration of Earth Day.
The event organizers, which included Hawai'i Wildlife Fund, held
the event to raise awareness and to provide access to actions that help bring back the health of Maui's coastal waters. This year, Uncle Mac PoePoe,
of Hui Malama O Mo'omomi, and Uncle Merv Dudoit of Ka Honua Momona, Intl.,
were honored with the annual Malama i ke Kai Annual Kupuna award.
Last year's honoree was noted educator and founder of Maui Cultural Lands/Malama Honokowai,
Teach Maui - enrichment program for children August 13, 2009 -
Local educators Evelyn and Ed Zayas have concluded that the best way to develop a sense of stewardship in
our community would be
an investment in the minds and attitudes of our children.
“Our enrichment program for fourth through eighth grade Maui students coordinates and delivers engaging activities in a four-week
Saturday morning format,” they said. “We want to teach our children to appreciate and care for the environment, making them aware
of our natural resources.” ... Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Maui Research Coordinator
Cheryl King gave a presentation on Maui turtles at the National Marine Sanctuary Education
Center in Kihei. The children learned about turtle nesting habits and ways to help with marine conservation.
“We are all so lucky to live here, but our island ecosystems need our help,” said King. “We hope that by engaging the children’s
imaginations through hands-on learning, we can teach them the ethics of respect and conservation needed here.”
Read full article at mauiweekly.com
HWF sea turtle rescue topic of online news video
August 5, 2009 -
Maui Community Television's Akaku On Demand "Maui Daily" online video
show featured Hawai'i Wildlife Fund's Ocean Resource Specialist Cheryl King working with
Hawaii Department of
Land and Natural Resources Aquatic Specialist Skippy Hau and
Maui Coastal Land Trust
to excavate an endangered green sea turtle nest, freeing hatchlings that were not able to get out
of the nest on their own.
Animal Planet's Corwin signs MRF Diver's Pledge
Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin receives a Maui Reef Fund tag from HWF President Hannah Bernard.
Feb 2009 - Jeff Corwin, one of the nation's leading environmentalists who created and stars in Animal Planet's "The
Jeff Corwin Experience" and "Corwin's Quest," has visited Maui many
times and worked to preserve the island's marine environment
through his films.
During a recent visit, Corwin was named an honorary member of the
Maui Reef Fund after saying that he was willing to sign MRF's
Diver's Pledge (see below).
Follow all applicable State and Federal laws related to marine life and protected areas.
Be respectful to all marine life.
Never touch, stand, kick, stand or rest on corals.
Never chase, harass, flush from shelter or relocate marine life.
Not feed fish or other marine life.
Keep a respectful distance from turtles and never chase them, block their path or try to ride them.
Secure dive flags to the sandy bottom using weights or other anchoring device or tie off to non-living surfaces.
Be extra careful if taking photos or videos, being aware of the reef and respectful of the marine life.
Look before touching the bottom for balance, making sure it is non-living substrate and when absolutely necessary using only one
or two fingers for contact.
Minimize glove use unless required by a medical condition, for thermal protection, or for safety.
HWF featured in 'Preserving Paradise' book
Hawai’i Wildlife Fund is proud to have three programs featured
in a new book, “Preserving Paradise,” by Maui author Kirsten
Whatley. The book provides
the island visitors and residents can volunteer with HWF and other
In a description of her experience volunteering with
HWF's Hawksbill Sea Turtle Nestwatch Project, Whatley writes,
“Sleeping on the beach has its lures – black night skies, sand in
your hair, the lullaby of waves tumbling at the foot of your bed.
Then the alarm goes off and you're up again. It's 2:00 a.m. You
scan the sand for turtle tracks. Nothing. You look for baby turtles
wandering in the darkness, instinctively trying to reach their
saltwater home. Not yet. You reset the alarm and lean back against
a cushion of sand, breathing in the seaweed air, knowing that if
just one in a hundred hatchlings survives its journey from nest to
ocean tonight, you'll have done your job. ...”
HWF President named Conservationist of the Year
Oct 6, 2007: HWF's president Bill Gilmartin receives the Conservationist of
the Year Award from Casey Jarman (left) of the Conservation Council for
Hawai'i. HWF's Vice President Hannah Bernard (right) was there to see Bill receive the