Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

Weekend Updates

In this issue:

What a Summer! Switching to Winter Hours...

US Coral Reef Task Force Meeting 2014

Mililani High School Environmental Studies Classes Visit the Cove

Community Service at the MLCD

Shark's Cove - Sep 26, 2014

 
 
What a Summer! Switching to Winter Hours...
It has been a fantastic Summer here in the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District. With ideal conditions for snorkeling and diving, and with many sightings of spinner dolphins, spotted eagle rays, moray eels, green sea turtles and even white tip reef sharks, there's been something for everyone.

We saw a record number of visitors from all across the globe to our Saturday community outreach tent and we are happy to have had the help of our amazingly dedicated volunteers.

Our Ka Papa Kai Marine Science for Youth program was a huge success as well. Twenty North Shore youth learned all about our unique marine ecosystem and helped out the MLCD by conducting beach cleanups and species identification surveys. Mahalo to everyone who makes this program possible.

Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea was out and about with our outreach program this Summer at many local events. It was awesome to see so many smiling faces at the Hale'iwa Arts Festival, the Jack Johnson concerts, the North Shore Swim Series and the Junior Lifeguard Programs.

As Summer comes to a close, we will be switching our tent hours to our fall/winter schedule starting on October 4th. The new hours will be from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Be sure to stop by and hang out with us as we begin to watch for whales and large surf.


US Coral Reef Task Force Meeting 2014
MPW was represented well at this year's US Coral Reef Task Force Meeting held on September 11th on Maui. Denise Antolini was honored by the Task Force with a prestigious award in Outstanding Management and Jenny Yagodich gave a presentation as part of the Community Leadership in Marine Management panel discussion.

The United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) was established in 1998 by Presidential Executive Order to lead U.S. efforts to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The USCRTF includes leaders of 12 Federal agencies, seven U.S. States, Territories, Commonwealths, and three Freely Associated States. The USCRTF helps build partnerships, strategies, and support for on-the-ground action to conserve coral reefs.

*Taken from the USCRTF website. For more information please visit www.coralreef.gov.


Mililani High School Environmental Studies Classes Visit the Cove
Mililani High School's Environmental Science classes, led by Sandy Webb, visited the Cove this week to study and give back. About 50 students in grades 11 and 12 received a presentation about the Marine Life Conservation District from Jenny Yagodich, MPW's Director of Educational Programs, conducted in-water tidepool vertebrate and invertebrate surveys and participated in a beach clean-up.

"The students were bright and engaging. It's a great feeling to know there are so many young people interested in the environment and helping to take care of our fragile marine ecosystem" Jenny said.

Mahalo to Sandy Webb and to all the students who spent the day at the Cove.


Community Service at the MLCD
The Marine Life Conservation District is a cleaner place thanks to the many hands of Ernst & Young Hawai'i. About 20 volunteers from their organization spent a morning cleaning up litter from around the Sharks Cove area. The group collected over 114 pounds of trash!

'A'ohe hana nui ke alu 'ia - No task is too big if done together by all. Mahalo!