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News and Highlights

  • October 30, 2017
    Symposium on West Hawaii's Marine Ecosystem: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Management

    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 (https://www.konabeachhotel.com) - 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
    Email: jamison.gove@noaa.gov

    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).
  • October 30, 2017
    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. More...
  • September 15, 2017
    The focus of this two-day science symposium is to provide a forum for scientists, managers, and community organizations to present and discuss information about the coastal marine ecosystem of West Hawaiʻi. This symposium is led by NOAA's West Hawaiʻi Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, a program that brings together citizens, scientists, resource managers, and policymakers to better understand and manage marine ecosystems. More...
  • April 17, 2017
    The coastal ocean of West Hawaiʻi Island is a region inhabited by bright reef fish, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, bottomfish, and mysterious deep-sea creatures. This region is a complex ecosystem that is fascinating to study, and the biological diversity and high productivity of the area make it important to fisheries and tourism. More...
  • September 6, 2016
    On September 6, 2016, the West Hawaiʻi Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) program embarked on a scientific expedition to the west coast of Hawaiʻi Island. West Hawaiʻi is a dynamic and highly productive ecological region and is home to diverse group of marine organisms including tropical corals and reef fishes, sea turtles, cetaceans, and manta rays. More...