Seeking Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan Contractor for Hawaii

Scott Atkinson satkinson at TNC.ORG
Tue Sep 17 23:36:57 EDT 2002

Dear Coral Listers -

I sent this message earlier but am resending to hopefully encourage more
folks to apply for the position described below.


Scott Atkinson


The Nature Conservancy Hawaii Field Office (TNCHFO) is seeking a Contractor
to prepare a Comprehensive Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan for the
State of Hawaii.  This contractor will be hired by TNCHFO under a
partnership effort between the State Division of Aquatic Resources and

Contract Details:

1. Compensation will be $ 55,000 total.  The contract will be based on
deliverables as described below; however, applicants should be aware that it
is anticipated that the work will require approximately 35 hours per week
over a 12 month period.  Taxes, insurance, and other benefits will be
covered by the contractor.
2. The position will be based in Honolulu, Hawaii at the TNC office and the
contractor will be expected to report to this office regularly.
3. The contractor will be supervised by the Director of Marine Conservation
for the TNCHFO.
4. Additional funding will be made available to the contractor for travel,
workshops, and meetings as relevant and with advanced approval..


A successful applicant for this contract will have:

1. An advanced degree in marine biology, policy, law or a similar field that
has equipped them with the knowledge necessary to manage complex
multi-stakeholder processes, prepare marine management plans, and make
appropriate policy recommendations.
2. Demonstrated success in facilitating complex multi-stakeholder processes,
preparing marine management plans, and making appropriate policy
3. Familiarity with Aquatic Nuisance Species Issues, Policies, and
Management Plans.
4. Familiarity with Hawaiian Marine Ecosystems and Marine Ecology in General
5. A demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and
facilitate  large numbers of science, policy, and industry experts.

Start Date:


Contact Details:

Please carefully review the Program Description below to assess your
qualifications relative to the requirements of this contract and the
expected deliverables.

If you feel you have the qualifications necessary to undertake this work,
please IMMEDIATELY contact, Scott Atkinson, Director of Marine Conservation,
The Nature Conservancy Hawaii Field Office .  satkinson at  Send a
brief email outlining your qualifications and attach a C.V.


 Program Description.

There is an immediate and critical need to address the introduction and
spread of alien nuisance or nonindigenous species throughout the Hawaiian
islands.  Step one in this process is to develop a comprehensive management
plan and to focus efforts and resources to better understand the problem and
raise awareness to limit the spread of nuisance species.  This program will
supply the foundations to accomplish these tasks by creating a
comprehensive management plan, and providing the needed elements for future
implementation and mitigation measures.


Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are causing adverse ecological and economic
effects throughout the country.  To address these issues, Congress passed
the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, which
among other actions, authorized and provided guidance for the development of
State management plans.  States are authorized and encouraged to submit
comprehensive management plans for up to 75 percent of the cost incurred to
implement such programs.

As is outlined in the national ANS guidelines, the management plan must
identify technical, enforcement, or financial assistance for activities
needed to eliminate or reduce the environment, public health and safety
risks associated with ANS.  The content of the plan will focus on the
identification of feasible, cost effective management practices and measures
that will be undertaken by agencies and their partners to prevent and
control aquatic nuisance species infestations in an environmentally sound

In partnership with the Division of Aquatic Resources, TNCHFO is seeking a
qualified person who will work with staff, representatives from state and
federal agencies, the University of Hawaii, Bishop Museum, and others to
develop a comprehensive alien aquatic organism prevention and management
program, beginning with the creation of a management plan.

Tasks for this Contractor will include:

1. Formation of an Advisory Committee:  To ensure that this management plan
is developed based on the best available science and policy, TNCHFO and our
partners will create an aquatic alien species advisory group to assist in
the drafting of the plan. This group will consist of relevant stakeholders
from the Division of Aquatic Resources, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the
University of Hawaii, the Bishop Museum, The Nature Conservancy, Relevant
Industry Partners such as the shipping and aquaculture industries, and

2. Preparation of a Draft Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan for the
State of Hawaii: With the guidance of this group and the assistance of
relevant experts in this field, a Draft Aquatic Nuisance Species Management
Plan for the State of Hawaii will be drafted by the fourth quarter of this
project.  This plan will meet all requirements of the Aquatic Nuisance Task
Force and will be sufficient in scope and detail to enable the immediate
approval of federal funding for its implementation.

3. Initial Identification of Possible Vectors for Introductions and the
Development of Preliminary Outreach and Education Materials to Address this
Issue.  The project will also identify the possible vectors both for
introduction and spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species.  Depending on the
vectors identified, recommendations may be needed regarding regulatory
measures that should be implemented to mitigate introductions.  Additional
regulatory or agency constraints to effective management will also be
identified and recommendations on how to reduce or eliminate these
constraints will be developed.  In addition the development of a brochure or
other outreach materials will be undertaken to raise awareness of possible

4. Identification of Additional Research Needs:  Limited studies have been
funded by DAR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Hawaii,
Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research Program, and others to identify the
spread of alien marine organisms statewide, to understand how some of the
species spread and the nutrients or other terrestrial influences that
increase growth rates.  Other funds have been allocated to look into the
feasibility of mitigation efforts.  Significant funding has been allocated
to study the impacts of non-indigenous fresh water species on the native
stream species.  These studies have included looking at the effects of the
species on the stream habitats, and have also looked at how alien species
have become the vectors for the introductions of harmful parasites and
diseases to native freshwater organisms.  However, significant additional
studies are needed.  In year one DAR will work with researchers to begin to
identify additional research and mitigation measures that are needed. This
will lead to the hosting of a workshop for experts to collectively identify
major gaps in research and the types of studies that are needed.

5. Identification of Additional Sources of Funding:  In order to implement
the management plan and fund both additional research and mitigation
studies, identification of additional sources of funding will be necessary.
The final component of the first year of this program will be to identify
additional possible sources of funding.

Based on successful completion of Year One activities and the securing of
additional funding, a second year contract may be offered to the contractor

1. Obtain Approval for the Draft Management Plan: The Non-indigenous Aquatic
Nuisance Prevention and Control Act created a Task Force to address aquatic
alien introductions and develop a national policy for the prevention and
spread of these species.  Under the requirements of the Act, the Task Force
must review submitted plans submitted by the States and either approve them
or return the plans with recommended modifications.  The initial focus of
year 2 will be to obtain approval of the management plan and to initiate the
application process to apply for the federal funding that will implement the
management plan.

2. Develop Outreach Materials to Raise Awareness of Nuisance Species Issues:
There is an active invasive species committee in each state(?) that is
working to raise awareness, initiate mitigation measures and limit the
spread of alien species.  However the bulk of their focus to date has been
on terrestrial species.  Most of these committees have active list severs,
web pages and are linked to several important subject sites.  In year two a
concentrated focus of the program will to be to link to these other
organizations and to develop outreach materials that raise the awareness
among targeted sectors of the community.  This outreach campaign will build
on the work that has been undertaken by U.S Fish and Wildlife Service,
University of Hawaii Botany Department, Bishop Museum, and DAR.  The Nature
Conservancy Hawaii Field Office  has played a key role in raising awareness
of terrestrial non-indigenous species and as a key partner, will also be
heavily involved in the development of the outreach plan.

3. Address Both Recommendations for Changes to Regulations and Agency
Constraints That Were Identified in Year One:  During the second year of the
project, efforts to create or change existing regulatory structures and
address agency constraints will be undertaken.  However, it is likely to
take more than one year to achieve significant results on these issues.  As
a result, these issues will continue to be addressed during the
implementation of the Management Plan.

 Deliverables for Year One of the Project:

· An Established Advisory Committee.

· A Framework for the Plan Outlining All Sections to Be Addressed.

· A Workshop and Printing of the Proceedings Including Expert Opinion on
Management Plan Elements and Recommendations for Further Studies.

· Report of Possible Vectors for Introductions of Aquatic Nuisance Species
to be Included in the Management Plan.

· Preliminary Outreach and Education Materials to Address the Issue of
Aquatic Nuisance Species.

· A Final Report Including the Draft Plan that will be Submitted to the
Aquatic Nuisance Task Force for Approval.

If a Second Year Contract is Offered and Accepted by the Contractor,
Deliverables Will Include:

· Printing of the Management Plan and Adoption of the Plan by The National
Aquatic Nuisance Task Force.

· A Full Outreach Campaign Plan Including Links to Local and National
Invasive Species Web Sites.

· Introduction Of Appropriate Legislation Or Adoption Of New/Revised
Regulations To Address Regulatory and Agency Constraints to Implementing
Effective Management.

· Approval of Grant Application For Access To Federal Funds To Implement
Management Plan.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-coral-list at
[mailto:owner-coral-list at]On Behalf Of Kathryn Kavanagh
Sent: September 17, 2002 11:25 AM
To: coral-list at; FISH-SCI at SEGATE.SUNET.SE
Subject: cultured reef fishes?


I am seeking a current list of coral-reef fishes that can be produced
reliably through aquaculture (from fertilized egg to juvenile).   I
haven't had luck with fishbase or reefbase.   I also would like to
know suppliers, if there are any.  Thanks for the help!



Kathryn Kavanagh, PhD
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
28 Oxford St.                           phone: 617-496-4632
Cambridge  MA  02138  USA               Email: kkavanag at

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