Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Nature Conservancy projects in Kaneohe Bay

The Nature Conservancy reported that they are expanding their area of concern to marine habitats to a depth of 150 meters. Kaneohe Bay as one of their identified critical marine habitats.

Their target projects include a survey of reef species composition, subdivided by barrier reefs, fringing reefs and estuaries.

There have identified threats in the bay to include an invasive species, nonpoint pollution including fertilizers, channelization, inadequate management and unsustainable harvesting.

Their goals are to improve water quality, and freshwater input to the bay, control invasive species and improve sustainable use.

Other strategies for accomplishing these goals include the super sucker, community-based management, education and monitoring and implementation of a Makai Watch project.

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