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The City and County of Honolulu's Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Charity Profile
The University of Hawai?i Sea Grant College Program supports an innovative program of research, education and extension services, directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources of the state, region, and nation.The City and County of Honolulu's Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve has always been reveled for its beautiful, serene surroundings. It is home to some of the most colorful, unique marine life in the world, and because of its declaration as Hawai'i's first Marine Life Conservation District in 1967, it is one of the premier snorkeling locations in the main Hawaiian Islands.
The award-winning Hanauma Bay Education Program was developed and is administered by the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program. Over one million annual visitors to Hanauma Bay are educated on the value of marine resources and appropriate behavior, and in addition, the program hosts weekly public evening presentations and special public events to share marine and coastal research and issues with community audiences. Founded in 1968, the University of Hawai?i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) is part of a national network of 32 programs that promote better understanding, conservation, and use of coastal resources. UH Sea Grant works in partnership with the University of Hawai?iís prestigious School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to identify Hawai?iís critical resource management issues and guide cutting-edge scientific research to address these challenges.
UH Sea Grant supports an innovative program of research, extension, education, and communication services directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources. Realizing the necessity of collaboration to address coastal resource issues, UH Sea Grant also provides links between academia, federal, state and local government agencies, industries, and local community members.
UH Sea Grant has five focus areas which explore pressing issues related to the health and well-being of our coasts and coastal economies:
Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
Sustainable Coastal Development
Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply
Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities
Sustainable Coastal Tourism
Together with partnering faculty and institutions throughout the university, UH Sea Grant developed a new model for Sea Grant that is based fundamentally on enhanced collaboration - the center of excellence model. Sea Grant's traditional excellence in marine and coastal extension, research and education now brings the capabilities of the broader university community to the people of Hawai'i.
The City and County of Honolulu's Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Volunteer Information
ReefWatchers are volunteer coastal and near shore observers. The University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program, with the help of some dedicated volunteers and the State Division of Aquatic Resources, started Big Island ReefWatchers in 1998-2000. The goal of ReefWatchers is to provide long term data from specific areas by observing and recording the information. Observations are then entered into a master database and are available for use only to state agencies and the University of Hawaii.
ReefWatchers have provided observation data for as long as nine years in some locations and have monitored 23 locations for one to three years. Over the years, trends in fish and invertebrate populations in tidepools and at snorkel depth has been charted and have revealed surprises.
To learn more about ReefWatchers or to join our team of dedicated volunteers please contact Sara Peck at (808) 329-2861 or email@example.com.