Symposium on West Hawaii's Marine Ecosystem: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Management

October 30, 2017 (updated 11/20/2017)

When: December 5-6, 2017
Where: King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi

A future of healthy, clean, biodiverse, and productive oceans with sustainable resource use requires us to translate our current understanding of marine ecosystems in a way that facilitates effective resource management and policy decision making. The 2-day Symposium will bring together local community members, scientists, and managers to present and discuss scientific research and traditional knowledge that can directly inform management of West Hawaiʻi's marine ecosystem.

This Symposium sponsored by the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research and is FREE and open to the public. We do ask that all attendees sign up and register in advance so that we can pass along important updates and information.

Click HERE to register for the Symposium.

The Symposium will be held at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel ( - a great venue that is centrally located in Kailua-Kona. The hotel is offering a special rate for all attendees in need of a room during the symposium. Please call the Reservations Department at (808) 329-2911 and ask for the West Hawaii IEA Symposium group rate.

Important Update:

The symposium agenda and presentation abstracts are now available! You can download the agenda and full symposium abstract booklet below.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jamison Gove
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Phone: (808) 725-5570

With bright reef fish and corals, the coastal ocean of West Hawaiʻi is a complex, dynamic ecosystem with biological diversity and high productivity that is important to fisheries, tourism, and marine research (Video: NOAA Fisheries/Jamison Gove).