Hawaii Marine Algae Group Named Recipient of 2003 Coastal America Partnership Award

Alien Algae Research and Removal Project recognized by national partnership with award for efforts in cleaning up alien limu along Waikiki shoreline

University of Hawaiʻi
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Posted: Oct 9, 2003

Timothy R.E. Keeney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, will present the 2003 Coastal America Partnership Award to the Hawaiʻi Marine Algae Group at a ceremony at noon on Saturday, October 11, beachside of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow Tower following an alien algae clean-up.

Keeney and members of the Hawaiʻi Marine Algae Group will be joined by representatives of the Coastal America partnership including Director Virginia K. Tippie.

Alien algae species introduced to the Hawaiian Islands during the last 30-50 years have become invasive and now directly threaten Hawaiʻi‘s coastal ecosystems. University of Hawaiʻi scientists during the past three years researched the scale and potential mitigation measures for the problem through field surveys and studies of alien algal growth, reproduction, physiological tolerances, herbivore preferences, removal methods, and algal re-growth potential.

Working with community groups, the Hawaiʻi Marine Algae Group is conducting on-going alien algae clean-ups at the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD) reef fronting the Waikiki Aquarium. In the seven alien algae clean-ups at the Waikiki MLCD to date, over 35 tons of alien algae biomass were removed from the reef and recycled. In addition to developing and implementing management protocols, community and political awareness has been increased via coverage by newspapers, TV news, educational, NGO and federal institution newsletters. The project is moving to a larger scale with the use of mechanized removal systems.

In addition to the University of Hawaiʻi, team members include The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Hawaiʻi Coral Reef Initiative, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaiʻi Reef Check, Island Divers Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian Earth Products, Ltd. and Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Each award recipient will receive a letter of congratulations from President George Bush stating, "The partnership you forged has brought together federal agencies, the State of Hawaiʻi, environmental organizations, and community groups in a collaborative effort to remove over 30 tons of alien algae from the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District to protect the coral reef ecosystem. My Administration strongly supports such efforts to bring together collective resources to meet common goals and better our environment."

To recognize outstanding partnership efforts, Coastal America established a national awards program in 1997. Nine projects were selected to receive the 2003 award.

The Coastal America Partnership was established in 1992 to protect, preserve and restore coastal watersheds by integrating federal actions with state and local government and non-governmental efforts. The federal partners include the Departments of Agriculture, Air Force, Army, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Navy, State, and Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Executive Office of the President. Through multi-agency teams, the partnership process enables national policy issues to be identified and resolved, regional plans and strategies to be developed, and local projects to be implemented.

Awardees include:

Cindy Hunter, Waikiki Aquarium, UH Mānoa

Celia Smith, Botany Department, UH Mānoa

Scott Atkinson, The Nature Conservancy - Hawaiʻi

Eric Co, The Nature Conservancy - Hawaiʻi

Isabella Abbott, Botany Department, UH Mānoa

Dawn Adams, Biology Department, UH Mānoa

Kimberly Peyton, Botany Department, UH Mānoa

Kanekoa Shultz, Botany Department, UH Mānoa

Jennifer Smith, Botany Department, UH Mānoa

Cheryl Squair, Botany Department, UH Mānoa

Rebecca Most, Waikiki Aquarium, UH Mānoa

Thomas Sauvage, Waikiki Aquarium, UH Mānoa

Eric Conklin, Zoology Department, UH Mānoa

David Pence, Environmental Health & Safety-Diving Safety Program, UH Mānoa

Kevin Foster, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Reg.

Michael P. Hamnett, Hawaiʻi Coral Reef Initiative — Research Program, NOAA

Kristine Davidson, Hawaiʻi Coral Reef Initiative — Research Program, NOAA

Bill Thomas, NOAA — Pacific Services Center

Kaliko Thomas, Future Generation

Wendy Wiltse, EPA — Pacific Islands Contact Office

Larry Basch, National Park Service, Pacific Islands Coral Reef Program

William Devick, Hawaiʻi Dept of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources

David Gulko, Hawaiʻi Dept of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources

Randy Honebrink, Hawaiʻi Dept of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources

Athline Clark, Hawaiʻi Dept of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources

David Raney, Hawaiʻi Reef Check

Matthew Zimmerman, Island Divers Hawaiʻi — Hawaiʻi Reef Check

For more information, visit: http://www.coastalamerica.gov