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Tis the Sea-son for some Fish Watcher fun!

We’re happy to announce the return of our annual Winter REEF Fest. Join us for a friendly Fish Watch competition, Thanksgiving Day through January 31, 2012.

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Say Hello to Our New Year-Round Intern

Stacey Obra, Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps Intern Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, Stacey spent the first seven years of her life recreationally enjoying the beautiful resources that Hawai’i has to offer. At age seven her family relocated to Portland,

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groovy day in Hawai`i nei

Can you believe the clear skies and calm surf of the last few days?  Makes for good underwater critter watching.  This porcupinefish was out in the open instead of hiding under a ledge.  He let me chase him nearly to Makaha (or thereabouts).  What appeared to be a large Christmas Wrasse turns out to have […]

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Introducing our newest intern

Hi everyone – My name is Selen Yildiz, and I graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa with a degree in Environmental Sciences in Spring 2011. I am originally from Istanbul, Turkey, and currently living in Istanbul. While living in Hawai’i as a

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Limu Watch

Check out our Limu Watch page where you can find information and pictures of algae and seaweed found in Waikīkī and Oahu’s south shore.  Also check in to read the limu of the week!

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Mokule’ia

Have you ever wondered what snorkeling is like at Mokule’ia?  I was camping in the area and decided to dive in.  The current is really strong, so I wouldn’t suggest snorkeling there unless you are a strong swimmer.  There are numerous rice corals, cauliflower corals, saddle wrasses, brown surgeonfishes, damselfishes, and rosette halimeda.

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Kalanimoku Native Garden Restoration

Last week, several of our interns helped the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) with a garden project.  Kalanimoku is the DLNR building located in downtown Honolulu.  A garden area was given to DLNR, which they turned into a native Hawaiian garden.  However, it was unkept and overgrown with both native and non-native plants.  Sean […]

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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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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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