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ReefTalk double-header in Waimea (Nov. 9)

WHEN & WHERE: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Thelma Parker Library in Waimea

Double Header Evening From Crisis to Solutions

High surf, tsunami, cliff sloughing, sinking, and sea level rise are potential hazards for homes and businesses located along Hawaii Island’s coastline.

Andrew Bohlander, UH Sea Grant Coastal Processes Specialist, currently consults with Hawaii County Planners, emergency managers, businesses, landowners and State agencies to identify coastal hazards, determine safe setbacks and project potential future changes.

Bohlander will discuss his work with coastal property owners and businesses, with the goal of reducing vulnerability and improving resilience to natural disasters.

Can Big Island Residents look to aquaculture to build food self-sufficiency?

Noelani Puniwai, Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC), UH Hilo will explain her work using GIS to model areas for potential use for caged aquaculture, line culture, intertidal bottom culture and fishponds.

To understand the potential for marine aquaculture along the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii a tool and interactive web site have been developed that identifies oceanographic, biophysical, and socio-economic factors important in the siting of aquaculture ventures.

The resulting sites and background information can be used in understanding aquaculture in the context of marine spatial planning as well as for other management objectives and is easily accessible via the Internet.

For further information, contact Sara Peck, UH Sea Grant College Program at 808-329-2861 or email

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