Monthly Archives: August 2011

In the News! Lahaina, Hawaii News

Levi Lewis (left) and Emily Kelly (right) celebrate KHFMA's birthday with fish themed treats

Our very own Levi Lewis and Emily Kelly made front page of the Lahania News while participating in the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area’s (KHFMA) second Birthday Bash hosted by the Kaanapali Makai Watch program.  The KHFMA, a marine protected area located off north Ka’anapali,  was established in July 2009 as a means of protecting herbivores to improve coral reef health.  The celebration included a coral reef and herbivore themed scavenger hunt, information, and demonstrations to teach people more about coral reef ecosystems, water quality, the KHFMA, and ways to get involved.  And what’s a party without fish themed cakes and sea urchin cupcakes?

If you’d like to learn more about the Kaanapali Makai Watch program, check our their Facebook here!

Notes from the Field: Hawaii

Emily Kelly (left) scraping turf algae with Kerrie Krosky of UH Hilo. credit: Rebecca Most

Emily Kelly has hopped over from Maui to the Big Island of Hawaii for the month of August to work on a project in collaboration with the University of Hawaii, Hilo and the US National Park Service at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.  The research team is investigating how fast fish eat algae and how fast algae grows in areas of high and low nutrients on the reef.  The team is looking at grazing on and growth of macroalgae (the bigger seaweed you see waving around on the reef) and turf algae (the brown fuzzy carpet that covers dead coral or rocks) and has set up the experiment to allow for no grazing (cage), grazing by only fish (fence to keep urchins out), grazing by only urchins (canopy to keep fish out), and grazing by both (open areas).  Over time, the team will measure what changes they see in the amount of algae in each plot.  Two weeks into the project and with a team of 6 divers, the turf experiment is installed and running!  More updates to come as the team sees what changes may occur over the course of the experiment!

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