The NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE comes to Kailua-Kona for "Kona Community Day" and "Science Night"

Satellite-based sea surface temperature map of the Main Hawaiian Islands region for July 27-28 (Courtesy of NOAA Oceanwatch)

The NOAA Fisheries Service will sponsor "Kona Community Day" on Sunday, July 31 at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The multi-media event is open to all members of the community and will give them a chance to learn first hand about NOAA Fisheries Service and the many benefits this Federal agency provides to the people of Hawaii.

Join us as we show you how the research we conduct at NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center improves the scientific understanding of our living marine resources and their ocean environment. Join us as we explain how our Pacific Islands Regional Office and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council use this science to make important decisions about managing sustainable fisheries, recovering protected species, and conserving marine habitat around Hawaii and other Pacific island areas.

You're invited to…

  • Learn how to fish with "barbless" hooks
  • Peer through microscopes at billfish eggs and larvae
  • Watch as researchers map the ocean floor
  • Find out how we "glue" damaged coral back together underwater
  • Discover what monk seals do out at sea
  • Learn how to watch Hawaii's marine wildlife responsibly and safely
Microscopic view of a developing billfish embryo in egg collected off Kona

and much more.

While in Kailua-Kona, NOAA Fisheries staff from the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (formerly the Honolulu Laboratory) will also host "Science Night" on Monday, August 1, at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, in association with the 46th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Continuing a long partnership between NOAA and recreational anglers in Hawaii, scientists will explain the latest research they are conducting on billfish biology, life history, and oceanography, research that helps ensure the future well being of this important marine resource.

See you there!