Christina Runyon (HIMB) and Anne Rosinski presenting update on areas impacted with Black Band Disease on the north shore of Kauai.
A press conference was held at Magic Island on the island of Oahu announcing the expansion of the Kauai Management Response Team, US Geological Survey’s new project focusing on groundwater and oceanographic variables, and the recent findings of UH Manoa researchers. The following links showcase the the media event along with the updated link the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources Reef Response website:
The Garden Island Newspaper:
Hawaii News Now:
As most of you know, we have been following a disease event on the shores of Kauai and have been communicating with the public, managers and fellow scientists. Please read the latest news coming out of Kauai and see how this forum allowed the public to gain knowledge pertaining to Black Band Disease (BBD) of corals.. We started off the talk with some basic coral reef ecology and coral disease descriptions and then moved into historical data and the efforts that have been made to better understand BBD and plausible environmental drivers or stressors associated with BBD. We end the talk with simple way to mitigate individuals impacts on coral reefs and how to report possible disease events to the Eyes of the Reef program. Follow the link above under the image of the Montipora patula colony displaying symptoms of BBD to read the Garden Isle Newspaper article from 8/15/14.
DLNR Reef Response
The State of Hawai‘i Department of Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources have launched their Reef Response webpage. This site houses the framework for Rapid Response Contingency Plan, current rapid responses under way, past final reports, and resources available. Touch the link above “DLNR Reef Response” and check out the new webpage. We are very happy to be part of this important and ground breaking event. Mahalo to all that have made this happen.
Last week, the Hawaii hosted the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting. Over 5,000 scientists, resource managers, and conservation groups gathered together to share groundbreaking research as well as to discuss problems and solutions to today’s coastal environmental issues.
The keynote speaker that started the week long conference was Elazabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsay. She is an anthropologist and a National Geographic Explorer. Lindsay gave a stirring talk on how the fusion of science and traditional knowledge of elders is essential to solving today’s ocean issues. A video of her talk from this meeting is not available to share here, but below is a link to a similar talk by Lindsay for those who are interested.
Another key address was made by Robert Richmond, who is a researcher at the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at Kewalo Marine Laboratory here on Oahu. His address highlighted the need to further develop links between science and resource management which he then compared to spam musubi. He hoped that the way to solve coastal issues be founded on a thick rice platform of good science, with a rich spam topping of effective resource management, wrapped in the nori of concerned and well informed citizens. What do you think of his analogy?! We want to know!
Of course Team Coral was there to soak up some new knowledge and to share some really cool research! All of the posters were very well received and sparked interesting discussion of future research.
Here is Chris talking about the coral disease outbreak happening in Kauai.
Amanda with her poster on coral bacteria.
And Blake and Andy with their posters on coral pathogens.
Next week, Team Coral will also be presenting this research at the Tester’s Graduate Symposium being held at UH Manoa. Check out the program here: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/biology/sites/manoa.hawaii.edu.biology/files/downloads/testerprogram_2014.pdf
Here are a couple more pictures of the conference.
Aloha and Mahalo to Anne Rosinski at DAR for putting together these Kaua‘i Coral Disease Research Updates interim reports. These reports showcase work done by Christina Runyon with the help of Silvia Beurmann in following the Black Band Disease issue on Kaua‘i. Department of Aquatic Resources and researchers from UH Manoa have been working hard investigating the spatial distribution, virulence, and environmental factors related to BBD. Christina and Silva will be headed back to Kaua‘i seasonally to continue their survey work and talk to the communities to provide outreach and education.