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Volunteers invited to ‘Take a Bite Out of Fish Feeding’

Monitor, outreach roles to be covered in training this week

April 20, 2008
The Maui News
LAHAINA — Volunteers are being sought to monitor fish-grazing behavior and assist with outreach efforts to discourage fish feeding at Kahekili Beach Park.

The Kahekili Herbivore Enhancement Area Project seeks help with its “Take a Bite Out of Fish Feeding” campaign. Project organizers will hold a volunteer-training workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lahaina Civic Center. Two field trainings will follow from 9 a.m. to noon on both Thursday and Saturday at Kahekili Beach Park, weather permitting.

Project officials want to increase stocks of herbivorous fish, which can eat harmful algal blooms on the depleting reef at Kahekili Beach Park.

Volunteers will gather data on what herbivorous fishes are eating and at what rate. Fishes studied include parrotfishes, or uhu; surgeonfishes, such as manini; and chubs, or nenue.

Organizers also want people to stop feeding peas, bread or any other introduced food products to the fish, thus diminishing the marine creatures’ desire to eat algae.

The campaign is coordinated by Project SEA-Link, the Coral Reef Alliance and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources.

Kahekili Herbivore Enhancement Area study is funded by the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative.

Organizers encourage carpooling because parking is limited at Kahekili Beach Park.

To register for the training, call Darla White at (808) 345-2312 or send e-mail to darla.


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