How the Bay of Hanauma in Hawaii was saved

ידי לע רתי לוצינ ינפמ םיגומלא תינוש תאצמנ ובש ץרפמ ליצהל ידכ הנגראתהש םיבדנתמ תצובק תנגראמ לש ,הז בתכמ
םילגוסמ םיימוקמה תודסומה לש םדיצמ דלונה תייארו הישותו ןוזח דציכ אמגוד ,יוקיחל לדומ ונל שמשל יואר ,םדא ינב
תיישעתל יחרכה באשמ ונל םישמשמה עבטה יכרעב עגופ ונניאש ,ןובנ חותיפ קר יכ רוכזל ונילע .בושח עבט רתא היילכמ ליצהל
,םיכומסה םיפדה תא םג ואריק .םינעשנ ונא וילע ףנעה תא םיתרוכ ונא ,ןכ אל םאש .םימי ךרואל ודרשי ,יתוברת ךרעו תורייתה
.ריינה לע ראשנ הכ דעש ,"םולשה תינוש" טקיורפ תאו ,לעופה לא אציש ,"הפוס" טקיורפ תא םידעתמה

surf to Hanauma bay park website - גלוש לאתר של שמורת מפרץ הנאומה
The following letter from an organizer of volunteers to save and conserve the Hanauma Bay in Hawaii is highly relevant to the present predicament of the Northern Gulf of Eilat (Aqaba). I brought this letter to your notice because it is an inspiring message to individuals and institutions alike. It demonstrate what public awareness and local institutions should do to minimize damages and regulate human impact on a desireable natural resource. In the face of monstrous development, let us be warned that only SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, which harvests the yields of a natural resource without destroying it, will not cut off the branch under our feet.

For another ecologically friendly project read about Peace Reef and the Sufa Project

Date: Sat, 15 Jun 1996 From: Suzi Johnston To:


Glad that you liked our web page. We are still working on it! The Hanauma Bay Educational Program (HBEP) is almost 6 years old. The mission of the program is to enhance appreciation and promote stewardship of Hanauma Bay and Hawaii's marine environment through public education.

I am the Coordinator of Volunteers for the prograrm. There are approximately 80 volunteers that I have to keep track of. I have heen running the entire program fnr the past 16 months! Good news though. the City & County of Honolulu has awarded the program $100, 000 to continue. Great news, but, it only pays for salaries. The new coordinator will have to write proposals for money in order to purchase supplies, which we desperately need! Now to the interesting stuff....Hanauma bay is wonderful and I LOVE working there. The problem is educating the public to respect the Bay - not to use and abuse the place, which a lot of people do. They just do not care. Sad. I did get smoking banned in Oct,1994, which helped a great deal. However, the Bay still has a Iot of pollution. I am presently trying to ban fish feeding entirely, ban walking on the coral (BIG PROBLEM) and get the snack bar moved to the upper level. I sincerely believe that this will eliminate the majority of the trash. Politics are in my way presently. If you have any data about what pollution does to a marine environment please pass it along. I need scientific data! The data that we have is 'partially' scientific. We have seen a change in the variety of fish species at the Bay, the elimination of several alga, and a decrease in several invertebrate species (one being Tripnuestes gratilla). Politicians ask "Where's the scientific data that these changes are due to Hanauma Bay being crowded with tourists?" Can you believe it? Of course it is. Before 1989 the number of visitors to Hanauma Bay were approximately 10, 000/day! In 1990 my Program was started and first thing on the agenda was to decrease the number of People. We did so by monitoring the parking lot (holds 300 cars). As, a result the number of people did decrease to approximately 4500/day. AII that I am allowed to do now is attempt to educate the public via volunteers patrolling the beach and giving free tours. Tours talk about ways visitors can enjoy the Bay while still helping to preserve it, about safety precautions, and fish identification. T'hat's all I have time for, really. However, once I am full time there will he a lot of improvements for the volunteers... hopefully. Besides the HBEP, I develope educational materials on water & boating safety and help coordinate conferences etc...

Got ta go!

Suzi My e-mail is Address: D. Suzi Johnston University of Hawaii. Sea Grant Extension Service 1000 Pope Road MSB 226 Honolulu, HI 96822

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