Archive | June, 2011

Nightlife in the MLCD

I decided to go for a little night snorkel yesterday.  Here’s what I saw: Advertisements

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Ocean Acidification

So we all know about global warming.  But what effects does it have on the ocean?  All of the carbon dioxide (CO2) we produce doesn’t just go up into the air.  It goes into the ocean, too, which changes the chemistry of seawater.  CO2 levels in the ocean rise and the pH level of the ocean […]

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Marine Protected Areas are Proven Successful

In an article by NOAA, Marine Protected Areas are proven to be a success: “A recent study by NOAA and the State of Hawaii on the effectiveness of marine protected areas(MPAs) in Hawaii, found that coral reef fish populations in areas fully protected from fishing had higher fish biomass, larger overall fish size, and higher biodiversity than […]

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Spotlight on the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Did you know that the Hawaiian monk seal is the official Hawai’i State Mammal? (not to be confused with the Hawai’i State Marine Mammal, the Humpback Whale) Hawaiian monk seals are “true seals”, not sea lions.  There are three things that define a true seal: their ears, the way they move on land and in […]

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Why Shouldn’t I Feed Wild Fish?

Have you ever been at the beach and seen people throwing bread in the water?  The jetty in Waikiki is a prime spot for fish-feeding.  But is fish feeding bad? Overall yes, fish feeding should be avoided.  It is harmful to the fish, the people in the water (whether it be snorkelers, swimmers, or divers), and to […]

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Farewell Potluck for Heather

For those who haven’t yet heard the news, our FINtastic Monitoring Coordinator– Heather Hillard –will be leaving us later this month to pursue graduate studies in California. For those who would like a chance to wish her well and say farewell, please join us at our usual gathering spot at Queen’s Surf Beach (near lifeguard […]

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Invasive Species Removal in Waikiki

Today a class from UH Manoa conducted an invasive species removal project (Ewa of the Natatorium in Waikiki) headed by Dr. Celia Smith.  Reef Watch Waikiki and the Department of Aquatic Resources were on site to support Dr. Smith and her class.  In an hour and a half, over 1,500 pounds of the invasive algae, […]

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World Ocean Day is Today!

Celebrate the Ocean!  If you have time, check out the Waikiki Aquarium, where they will be hosting all kinds of activities in celebration of World Ocean Day! Also check out this cool video about the ocean by NOAA: http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/ Activities at the Waikiki Aquarium include: State’s Storm Water Management Program, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. […]

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Summer Nights at the Waikiki Aquarium

Last night we set up our tables inside the Waikiki Aquarium to educate and provide fun activities for the guests.  Because of summer the aquarium extended its hours yesterday to open from 6 to 8pm.  It was a great turn out and our new activities were a blast!  We had two scavenger hunts, sticker badges, […]

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