[Coral-List] Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Educator Expedition

Andy Collins andy.collins at noaa.gov
Wed Jul 16 16:54:33 EDT 2008

Aloha Coral-List,

A very unique International Year of the Reef expedition is currently 
under way in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. A group of 
educators from across Oceania, cultural practitioners from Hawai'i, 
traditional resource managers, archaeologists, and two deep-sea 
researchers from the University of Hawai'i are aboard the NOAA Ship 
HI'IALAKAI in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Marine and coral reef 
educators from Palau, Fiji, Marshall Islands, American Samoa, Australia, 
Kiribas, Cook Islands, and Hawai'i have been selected to participate in 
this first of its kind expedition, and to share their expertise and 
experiences helping to promote coral reef conservation. NOAA's Office of 
National Marine Sanctuaries is the coordinator of the expedition, and 
through it they hope to enhance the networks of information sharing 
among educators in Oceania. The ultimate goal is to learn how we can 
work together to better protect the coral reefs and marine environments 
in our island nations, using Papahanaumokuakea and its nearly pristine 
resources as an inspirational learning environment.

For more information on the expedition, and to follow along, please 
visit our Blog:

The expedition will run from July 13-24th, 2008.

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is managed jointly by three 
co-trustees – the Department of Commerce, Department of the Interior and 
the State of Hawai‘i – and represents a cooperative conservation 
approach to protecting the entire ecosystem. The Monument area includes 
the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, Midway 
Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial, 
Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Kure Atoll Wildlife 
Sanctuary, and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands State Marine Refuge.

As part of the global campaign to raise awareness about the value and 
importance of the coral reefs and threats to their sustainability, 2008 
has been dedicated as the International Year of the Reef. Join 
Papahanaumokuakea in this worldwide celebration and learn more on how to 
care about your coral reefs at www.iyor-hawaii.org. For additional 
information on the monument, please visit www.papahanaumokuakea.gov.

Andy Collins
Education & Technology Coordinator
NOAA Papahanaumokuakea
Marine National Monument
6600 Kalaniana'ole Hwy. # 300
Honolulu, HI 96825
Ph: (808)397-2660 xt 222
Cell (808)347-8144
Fx: (808)397-2662

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