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Whale entanglement.  Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Humpback Whale Freed of Entanglement in Maui Waters
March 12th, 2013 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

Authorities say the entanglement was the third reported and confirmed this season, and the first successful response of the 2012-2013 season. The animal was found and reported by the tour vessel, Man-of-War, last Friday near Lahaina.

Sept. 18, 2012 - Staff from Ocean Engineering at Makai Pier, Waimanalo tow in a large blue plastic bin seen floating in the ocean between the pier at Manana island. Photo courtesy Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory.
Tsunami Debris Team Hopes to Intercept Run-Away Dock
September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

Officials hope to find a run-away dock, and handle the dock at sea, to prevent serious environmental damage if it should reach shore.

Marine Debris at Waiehu on Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Tsunami Marine Debris Special Lectures on Maui
May 8th, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

NOAA’s Carey Morishige and Ruth Yender will provide information on efforts to collect data, assess the debris and possible impacts, and protect natural resources and coastlines.

Event flyer.
Climate 101 Lecture Comes to Maui
April 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosts a special presentation on Maui today to discuss the effects of climate change both globally, and locally.

Kohola blessing. Photo by Wendy Osher.
VIDEO: Whale Response & Research Vessel Dedicated on Maui
February 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

The vessel will help in efforts to free whales that get entangled in fishing gear. Entanglement has been identified as a primary threat to the species, with more than 50% of humpbacks in some regions having been recently entangled, according to sanctuary staff estimates.

Humpback whale. Photo courtesy NOAA.
Maui Tour Operators Invited to Free Ocean Awareness Training
October 5th, 2011 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News

The free training provides marine tour operators and community volunteers with up-to-date knowledge and interpretive skills to properly educate visitors about Hawaii’s unique marine environment.