An updated ecological evaluation of the coral reef and related resources in Hawaii’s Kahaluu Bay will be the focus of a presentation at Eia Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii and at Puana Ka Ike in Kona.
Marine biologist Kaipo Perez III will give the lectures from noon to 1:30 p.m. on April 12, 2012, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Campus Center (CC) 301 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. on April 13, 2012, at the Keauhou Beach Resort ballroom in Kona.
Perez, a Ph.D candidate with a focus on coral ecology at the University of Hawaii, is a member of Hawaii’s Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP). He will discuss the results of more than 200 site surveys that have been conducted in the bay over the last three years. He will also speak on issues affecting the reef, such as climate change on water resources, coral reef and reef fish assessments, sustainability issues, and cultural, community and educational efforts.
Kahaluu Bay is a heavily used recreation area in Kona, averaging more than 400,000 visitors each year during daylight hours, according to a county lifeguard and University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program count. Many of the users of the area don’t understand what corals are or how human use impacts the coral reefs and the organisms that live on the reefs. Research has shown that the trampling of live corals in the bay is degrading the bay’s ecosystems, and Perez’s lectures are designed to inform people to respect the bay and use it in a manner that has minimal to no impact on the corals, turtles and other animals that live in the bay. For more information, visit /redirect.aspx?location=http%3a%2f%2fkohalacenter.org%2fpuanakaike%2fabout.html