Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

Weekend Updates

In this issue:

Save the Date! Marine Science Talk Story

Summer Volunteers Needed!

Erosion at Sharks Cove

Smoke-Free Laws In Effect

Shark's Cove - Mar 29, 2014

MPW would like to thank the following people who helped make our volunteer outreach at Shark's Cove another success. Mahalo to:
Jimmy Avila, Palakiko Yagodich, Austin Ladia, Jim Parsons, Jim Peerson, Laura Parsons, Colette Coty, Denise Antolini, John Cutting, Bob Leinau and Jenny Yagodich
Save the Date! Marine Science Talk Story
Join us for our third Marine Science Talk Story event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Sunset Beach Recreation Center.

Learn the current science about the Pūpūkea-Waimea Marine Life Conservation District, how to protect the marine ecosystems of the North Shore, and how to achieve our community vision of “more fish and healthy reefs.”

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Alan Friedlander (UH Manoa) “Global Perspective on Hawaii’s Marine Protected Areas”

Dr. Jack Kittinger (Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University) “FishFlow: Understanding Fish Catch, Food Security, Wellbeing”

Dr. Cyndi Hunter & Kosta Stamoulis (UH Manoa) “Effects of an MPA on Invasive Algae Abundance in Kaneohe Bay”

Anne Rosinksi & Luna Kekoa (DLNR) “Makai Watch, Marine Science Curriculum”

This event is open to the public and free. Light pupus and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Jenny Yagodich, Director of Educational Programs at jenny@pupukeawaimea.org or visit our website at www.pupukeawaimea.org.

The Sunset Beach Recreation Center is located at 59-540 Kamehameha Hwy.

Summer Volunteers Needed!
We are gearing up for a fun and busy Summer here and if you love the ocean and enjoy spending time exploring the tide pools and snorkeling in the Cove, come volunteer with us!

Our mission is to replenish and sustain the natural and cultural resources of the Pupukea and Waimea Ahupua'a for present and future generations through active community stewardship, education, and partnerships. We would not be able to accomplish this without our amazing volunteers.

What Do MPW Volunteers Do?
MPW volunteers are key to raising awareness of the MLCD's fragile marine life and protected status. Volunteers provide information about marine ecology, help educate about regulations, collect important biological, water quality, and human use data, conduct beach clean-ups and much more. Our volunteers have fun at the beach, share the day with friends, learn about marine biology and gain satisfaction from helping people and marine life. As part of the MPW ‘ohana you can have fun in a beautiful location, team up with like-minded people, and make a positive difference in protecting the unique marine life of Hawai'i!

Attend Training Sessions
Makai Watch volunteers on the Observation and Compliance Team attend a training class, led by state natural resources enforcement officers, to learn the MLCD regulations and how to observe and gather critical information needed to accurately document violations.

Educational Outreach
Join our staff to chat up an educational storm at the tent, on the beach, in the water, or at a school, or join the compliance team and watch for illegal activities.

Conduct In-Water Fish and Invertebrate Counts
Tracking the numbers and types of fish is how we determine if protecting the area is making a difference. It is! We will also be rolling out our new limu (seaweed) survey!

Conduct Human-Use Surveys
Knowing how people use the MLCD helps us understand how our community enjoys and impacts the area, and how we can protect it better.

Beach Clean-Ups
Cleaning our beaches keeps debris away from wildlife that could ingest it or become entangled.

If you'd like to join us as a volunteer, please stop by our Community Outreach Tent on Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm (we swich to Summer hours in May, 8:00am-4:00pm). You can also send us a message at jenny@pupukeawaimea.org or sign up on our website at www.pupukeawaimea.org

Erosion at Sharks Cove
We all love going in the water at Sharks Cove but lately all the rains and foot traffic have been rapidly eroding the coastline above the beach.

The soil that is washing into the water is not good for our fragile marine ecosystem and can cause major damage if we are not careful.

You can help by entering the water through the sandy area near the tide pools or by using the path to the right of the cove. If it has been raining, avoid muddy areas so that your feet do not track the mud into the water. If you know anyone who frequents this area, help to educate them.

We are working with multiple agencies to determine how we can help alleviate the erosion problem and will keep you all posted on any ways you can help as well.

Smoke-Free Laws In Effect
If you've visited Sharks Cove lately, you may have noticed the new No Smoking signs that have been installed.
The City & County of Honolulu and Hawaii County passed new smoke-free laws, which were effective January 1, 2014. Oahu first issued Bill 72, the smoke-free beaches law, last year, and now Bill 25 extends the prohibition of smoking to all Honolulu C&C beaches and parks and Bill 28 bans smoking within a 20-foot diameter of City bus stops. Both Bills are now in full effect.

Smoking is now prohibited by law at all City and County of Honolulu:

•tennis courts
•botanical gardens
•swimming pools
•athletic fields
•beach right-of-ways
•park roadways
•all recreation areas

The smoking ban applies to the whole park. At beaches this includes parking areas, park roadways and the park as well as the beach. People who break this law can be fined $100 for the first offence and more for subsequent offences.

Why cigarette butts are harmful:
Cigarette butts are the most littered plastic item on Hawai`i’s beaches and in the world and they are made from toxic chemicals including arsenic, hydrogen cyanide and formaldehyde. Ingestion of just one or two cigarette butts by young children will result in poisoning or death. Within an hour of contact with water, cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the water that kill fish and other marine life. The new laws banning smoking at beaches will result in a healthier, cleaner environment that is safe for young children, all beach goers (who won’t be inhaling second-hand smoke) and marine life (that won’t be harmed from cigarette butts washing into the ocean at high tide).

If you smoke, or know someone who does, stop by our Saturday Outreach Tent for a free "butt" box, a portable cigarette ash tray (while supplies last).