World Oceans Day

Aloha Everyone,

Friday June 8th is World Oceans Day! 
In celebration and to further our efforts as volunteers to preserve, sustain and restore our valuable coral
reef ecosystem here on Kauai, Malama Na Apapa and Save Our Seas will be
performing a reef survey.  The reef survey will be held on World Ocean’s Day, Friday June 8th at Pu’u Poa Beach(the beach in front of the St. Regis Princeville Hotel) from 9am to 12noon.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend the reef survey.  If you do not want to get
in the water you can participate in the shoreline clean up on the beach
while the others are in the water doing the reef survey by snorkel or
scuba.

In order to participate in the reef survey you will need to complete the
Eyes on the Reef Training and/or the Reef Check Training classes.

The Reef Check training class will be held on Wednesday June 5th from 4pm
-7pm at the Anahola club house.  I will be conducting the Reef Check
training.  Please see the attached Reef Check flyer for more details.

The Eyes on the Reef Training class will be held on Thursday June 7th from
4pm – 6pm at the St. Regis Princeville Hotel.  Captain Paul Clark,
President of Save Our Seas will be conducting this training. 

Please RSVP with Scott if you plan to attend either of these training
classes.

scottbacon@kauaicoral.com 808-482-0683

Mahalo and I look forward to diving with you!
Scott Bacon
Director Malama Na Apapa

THE GREEN DISC: NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR A NEW FUTURE is now available in its entirety on the web

The UNCSD Small Island Developing States Partnership in New Sustainable Technologies (UNCSD SIDS PINST) is very pleased to announce that the 40 chapter 1ST EDITION OF THE GREEN DISC: NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR A NEW FUTURE is now available in its entirety on the web

This is a priceless resource for policymakers, funding agencies, students, and the concerned public to learn about innovative, proven new technologies that can be scaled from poor, isolated, rural communities to urban megalopolises. 

While the focus is on Small Island Developing States, the innovative technologies shown are universally applicable in developing and developed countries.

If these under-utilized technologies were applied on the scale needed they would solve many of our most pressing global energy, environmental, ecological, and economic problems.

UNCSD SIDS PINST is also pleased to announce that the much bigger, more comprehensive, and more user-friendly 2ND EDITION will be launched at UNCSD in Rio de Janeiro, June 20-22 2012.

These developments are possible thanks to the hard work and many sacrifices made by the pioneering inventors whose work is featured and of our publisher, Gibby Media Group. 

We look forward greatly to collaborating with UNCSD to make this launch in Rio de Janeiro a success in restoring our severely damaged planetary life support systems and transforming our world to a more sustainable, equitable, and just future!

We ask you to please circulate this important information to all your contacts who may be concerned about the future of our planet, and post links to it on your web sites.

Sincerely yours,
UNCSD SIDS PINST

THE GREEN DISC: NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR A NEW FUTURE
Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development, including renewable energy, waste recycling, water purification, ecosystem restoration, soil fertility restoration, carbon sequestration, shore protection, sustainable agriculture and mariculture technologies, etc. for economic and environmentally sound development and reversing global warming.
The 40 Chapter First Edition, released at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009 is now available in its entirety on the web.
The 60-80 Chapter Second Edition will be released at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.
 

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC)

The DSCC exists and is doing something important!

Upcoming UN meeting Sep. 15-16  – links to more information.

Homepage:  http://www.savethehighseas.org/

The DSCC’s Worth Saving Campaign:  http://www.savethehighseas.org/

new blog and public campaign

For the first time ever, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will conduct an open review of national and regional actions to protect deep-sea species and ecosystems beyond national jurisdiction from the harmful impacts of bottom fishing. Two resolutions calling for urgent action were agreed at the United Nations in 2006 and again in 2009 as part of a compromise following global concern over the destructive impacts of bottom fishing on the high seas.   This review is scheduled to take place at UN  headquarters in New York September 15-16, 2011

The 2011 UNGA review comes two years after an initial review in 2009 and will specifically assess the extent to which the two abovementioned UNGA resolutions have been implemented by high seas fishing States and regional fisheries management organizations with a view to making further recommendations for action.  High seas bottom fishing States include, among others, Australia, China, France, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, the Russian Federation and South Korea.  This review therefore represents an accounting by high seas bottom fishing States to the global community of how well they have lived up to their agreed obligations to protect and conserve vulnerable deep-sea marine habitats  and ecosystems.

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) has engaged with world renowned scientists and our partner organizations to assess compliance with the UNGA resolutions on high seas bottom fishing. This assessment is contained in reports that will be released at the 2011 UN review.  Based on this assessment, the DSCC has concluded that high seas fishing States are, with few exceptions, failing to live up to the provisions of UNGA resolutions 61/105 and 64/72.  As a result, deep-sea species are increasingly overexploited and VMEs continue to be significantly damaged.

The DSCC therefore urges the General Assembly to call for:

  1. The immediate cessation of high seas bottom fishing except where  conservation measures consistent with UNGA resolutions 61/105 and 64/72, and any subsequent UNGA resolutions, are in force and have been effectively and fully implemented;
  2. The protection of all VMEs as identified in paragraph 42 of the FAO Guidelines on Deep Sea Fisheries, including long-lived fish species, spawning areas on the high seas and unique habitats such as seamounts and canyons; and,
  3. The designation of high seas bottom fishing as IUU fishing when it is conducted in contravention of international instruments, including UNGA resolutions 61/105 and 64/72, regional measures, such as UNGA compliant conservation and management measures adopted by regional fisheries management organizations, or UNGA compliant national rules.

First documented broadcast spawning for Cauliflower Coral in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

wow,  now this is the kind of great press our corals need to show off how cool they are!~ SOS

First documented broadcast spawning for Cauliflower Coral in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
June 9, 2011

First documented broadcast spawning event for the coral species, Pocillopora meandrina (Cauliflower coral) in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) workers diving at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, have photographed for the first time a spawning event for cauliflower coral (Pocillopora meandrina).  Cauliflower coral is a common, reef building coral species found throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Indo-Pacific, but its spawning had never before been documented.

“The spawning event was spectacular!” reports Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer Lindsey Kramer.  She and her colleagues reported that one or two colonies would begin to spawn in an area, and then neighboring colonies would follow.  Gray, smoke-like puffs of reproductive materials were ejected from each coral in waves, until the water became a hazy gray.  The out-going tide washed the spawning materials away within a few minutes, and the entire event lasted only about 10 minutes across the entire lagoon. Read more at:

http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/

High resolution photographs are available for media use at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/tags/coralspawning/

Papahānaumokuākea is cooperatively managed to ensure ecological integrity and achieve strong, long-term protection and perpetuation of Northwestern Hawaiian Island ecosystems, Native Hawaiian culture, and heritage resources for current and future generations.  Three co-trustees – the Department of Commerce, Department of the Interior, and State of Hawai‘i – joined by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, protect this special place.

Monk Seals

Mahalo Volunteer Julie Honnert

Student Link

Snapshots in oceanic time!

HDV monitoring with QUEST, REEF, and Reef Check = OCEAN PULSE.

DATA SHEETS

Fish: OP fish DATA SHEETS-basicOP-FISH-ADVANCED

InvertsOP invert DATA SHEETS

Hawaiian Invertebrates Part 1Hawaiian Invertebrates Part 2Hawaiian Names of Marine Invertebrates (Bishop Museum)Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk Project (HEAR), DLNR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Management Plan (PDF file, approx. 2.6 MB)

Substrate: OP invert DATA SHEETS

Ciguatera: Ciguatera Poisoning Information sheet

Due to Popular demand, here it is…the A’more (moray) song for you.

There’s a fish on the reef, with big shiny white teeth – it’s a Moray

If he’s big and he’s mean, and he’s slimy and green – it’s a Moray

Put your hand in the crack and you won’t get it back – It’s a Moray

When an eel bites your hand, And that’s not what you planned, That’s a moray.

When you’re movin’ your hands, best take care where they land – Watch for Morays

When some teeth catch your eye. and an eel wriggles by – It’s a Moray

When an eel bites your thigh and you just want to cry…that’s a moray.

When something, bites your fin, and throws off your trim – It’s a Moray

Keep your fingers in tight and you won’t have a fright – It’s a Moray

When you’re moving by feel and then up pops the eel – It’s a Moray

When an eel bites your thigh, as you’re just swimming by – It’s a Moray

When you scream, and you beg, but it still bites your leg – It’s a Moray

Watch you don’t get a shark, When you search, after dark – for amore

When you’re out of your depth, and you run short of breath – that’s amore air

When he’s fanning his gills, Better head for the hills – It’s a Moray

When your light, in the night, gets swallowed out of sight, – It’s a Moray

When you’re down and it’s dark, Over there – that a shark?, No – It’s a Moray

When your boat comes home fine, And you tie up her line – That’s a moor, eh?

When your horse munches straw, And the bales total four, That’s some more hay.

When Othello’s poor wife, Becomes stabbed with a knife, That’s a Moor, eh?

When you ace your last tests, Like you did all the rest, That’s some more “A”s!

A comedian ham, With the name Amsterdam, That’s a Morey.

When your chocolate graham, Is with marshmallows crammed, That s’more, eh.

When you’ve had quite enough, Of this daft rhyming stuff, that’s “no more!”, eh?