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NOAA invests $17 million to protect Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary visitor center

NOAA is investing $17 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to protect the visitor and community center of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary from the impacts of climate change, including upland flooding, powerful storms and sand inundation. The center is located along the shoreline of KIhei.

17-year-old from Kona dies while spearfishing

Four spear fishermen entered the ocean near the public beach access at Hokulia in Kailua-Kona at 1:30 p.m. on July 24, but three hours later when they exited the water one of the fishermen could not be found and was later located unresponsive on the ocean floor.

NOAA launches Hawaiian Islands survey of whales, dolphins and seabirds

The Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey is the only comprehensive study of its kind in the islands and takes place from July through December 2023.

Marine wildlife advocates, cultural practitioners urge closing of Kanaloa Octopus Farm in West Hawaiʻi

A coalition of native Hawaiian and marine wildlife advocates submitted complaints on Tuesday to two state agencies that urge the further investigation of “apparent violations of law” at the Kanaloa Octopus Farm in Kailua-Kona and the ending of its lease at a state-owned facility.

Big Island Now Poll No. 19: How should the state handle manta ray tours in West Hawai’i?

We want to hear from our readers about what you think the State Department of Land and Natural Resources should do to handle commercial manta ray tours in the future.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary seeks advisory council applicants for 31 seats

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants to fill 16 primary and 15 alternate seats on its advisory council.

Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green enacts laws to protect beaches, shorelines, public land

New laws will provide resources for conservation, enact measures to assist with management and enforcement, and preserve the environment for future generations.

International scientists offer new approach for selecting coral species for reef restoration

An international team of scientists, led by a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher, has created an innovative approach to selecting key coral species that will best maintain ecosystem functions critical for reef health.

University of Hawaiʻi researchers use drones to learn age-structure of dolphin groups

Using drone photography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology are now able to determine the age-structure of free-ranging dolphin groups.

Update: Small craft advisory for parts of Big Island extended to Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Update: The National Weather Service has extended a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The forecast calls for east winds of 15 to 25 knots with seas of 5 to 8 feet.

New Hawaiʻi organization launches Fish Pono-Save Our Reefs

A local ʻohana of ocean-lovers, scientists, fishers and watermen and women have formed Fish Pono–Save Our Reefs, an organization with the vision of bringing awareness to the importance of replenishing herbivore fish populations to foster healthy coral  reefs. 

2023 Transpac begins first wave with 16 sailboats racing from California to Hawaiʻi

The 2023 Transpac competition from California to Oʻahu begins on Tuesday with the first wave of 16 sailboats crossing the starting line in the vicinity of Point Fermin in San Pedro.

Weather clears in Juneau for launch of Hōkūleʻa’s 4-year Moananuiākea Voyage circumnavigating Pacific

After a three-day delay due to weather, at 4:15 a.m. Sunday morning, the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa departed Statter Harbor in Juneau, Alaska, to officially start a four-year circumnavigation of the Pacific.

Families gather for World Ocean Day in Downtown Hilo

Families gather for World’s Oceans Day in Downtown Hilo’s Kalākaua Park on Saturday.

Hawaiian monk seal Malama dies of blunt force trauma on O’ahu; previously treated at Big Island facility

The endangered Hawaiian monk seal Malama, who was treated for malnutrition at Ke Kai Ola’s Marine Mammal Center on the Big Island and found dead on March 12 on O’ahu, was killed by blunt force trauma — and it was believed to be an intentional killing, according to NOAA Fisheries.

Big Island Now Poll #14: What is your favorite creature that lives in the ocean around Hawaiʻi?

World Ocean Day is June 8. In Big Island Now Poll #14 we ask: What is your favorite creature that lives in the ocean around Hawaiʻi?

Hawaiian monk seal pup Pualani to be relocated from Waikīkī after weaning

The Hawaiian monk seal pup Pualani, who was born in mid-April on Kaimana Beach in Waikīkī, will be relocated after she is weaned from her mama Kaʻiwi.

Hawaiʻi researchers find hammerhead sharks hold their breath for warmth on deep hunts

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa researchers published their discovery in Science that scalloped hammerhead sharks hold their breath for warmth while diving deep to hunt for prey.

Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, partners awarded $5 million to combat marine debris

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program and its partners have been awarded over $5 million to tackle the issue of marine debris, particularly derelict fishing gear that is abandoned, lost or discarded in the ocean.

Coast Guard searching for missing Australian cruise ship passenger 500 miles from Hawaiʻi

U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching a location about 500-miles south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island for a cruise ship passenger from Australia who on Tuesday night went overboard in waters about 500 miles south of the Big Island in Hawaiʻi.
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