Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

Weekend Updates

In this issue:

Fish Count Training Success

Fish Count Training Continues

Be a Tidepool Champion!

Critter of the Week - The Spotted Boxfish

Shark's Cove - Apr 7, 2012

MPW would like to thank the following people who helped make our volunteer outreach at Shark's Cove another success. Mahalo to:
Colette Coty, Clifford Waters, Natalie Waters, James Frisbie, Alex Nims, Palakiko Yagodich, Sophia Tiare-Bartlow, Sandy Webb, Brett Barnard, Kanoelani Ackerly, Tehani Moss, Denise Antolini, Jenny Yagodich, Shari Johnson, Drew Wheeler, Jennifer Barrett and Jarom Au
 
Fish Count Training Success
On Saturday, MPW completed Module One of the Biological Monitoring Program training. MPW extends a big mahalo to Chris Pirrone and Surfer(The Bar) for supporting MPW by providing the venue for training.

There are now over 20 volunteers who are ready for Module Two. Students learned basic Fish ID and then conducted a fish size estimation exercise on land.

With the progressive training style, students will hone their counting and measuring skills on land, then progress to the water. In the photo, The Nature Conservancy's Russell Amimoto and the students are reviewing the results of the "on land" sizing exercise.

Photo by Drew Wheeler


Fish Count Training Continues
Now that Module One is complete, the next phase of training will be conducted on April 28th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m at Surfer(the Bar) at Turtle Bay.

For those volunteers who have completed Module One, please let Drew know whether you will attend this Module Two training. This year looks to have the largest group of qualified volunteers!
Thanks to all who have participated so far.

Photo by Drew Wheeler


Be a Tidepool Champion!
We have a great opportunity to work with a graduate student this summer to better understand the importance of the tidepools at Pupukea, but we need your help to make it happen. The board has committed $1,500 in support of a summer research project and needs to match those funds with three donations of $500 each to cover the project costs.

The project will be led by Anne Rosinski, a masters student in Marine Ecosystem Management at the University of Miami.
Anne previously worked with both Reef Watch Waikiki and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on Oahu, as well as the National Park Service on the Big Island.

Will you be a tidepool champion?

Please contact Jen at mail@jenbarrett.net for more information.
Left to right in photo - John Cutting, Shari Johnson, Denise Antolini, Anne Rosinski, Jenn Barrett, Bob Leinau, Drew Wheeler


Critter of the Week - The Spotted Boxfish
The Spotted Boxfish is the most common of the boxfish in Hawaii. The mature male of the species, seen in photo, can be identified by the yellow spots along the top of a dark blue body. The female is all dark brown with small white spots all over the body.

Feeding on algea growing on rocks, they can be found at all depths within the MLCD, but most often in the shallows.
Photo - Drew Wheeler - Sharks Cove