Saturday - April 19, 2008
Contact: David Schofield
FYI: Kaena Point is one of the few monk seal "hot spots" on O`ahu!
Hawaiian Monk Seals are only found in the Hawaiian Islands, and are a very important piece of Hawaii's natural and culture history. They are the most endangered seal in the USA and one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Since 1998 the total number of Hawaiian monk seals declined at an average rate of 3.9%. At this current rate of decline, the population size will slip below 1,000 animals in the next few years. With public support and effective state and federal management we will be able to turn this situation around.
*HB2626 relates to the designation of the Hawaiian Monk Seal to become the state mammal of Hawai'i. The bill has passed put of the House and has been referred to the Senate EDT (Economic Development and Taxation) committee. Be sure to show your support for this measure!
*NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is looking for interested groups or individuals to participate in a Hawaiian monk seal count.
*The goal is to have volunteer & community members counting monk seals on the same date and time on each of the main Hawaiian Islands.
*Volunteers will be assigned to a beach location and asked to fill out a sightings form. Digital images of seals will also be very important to send to NOAA.
*Join us and support Hawaiian monk seal conservation.