NOAA/CRCP-DAR Coral Reef Cooperative Agreement final report
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NOAA/CRCP-DAR Coral Reef Cooperative Agreement final report

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  • Alternative Title:
    South Kohala Coastal Community Naturalist Program ; South Kohala Community Naturalist final report ;
  • Description:
    "To evaluate coastal activities and increase compliance with natural resource regulations, two trained coastal naturalists, or Kilo Kapakai, hiked the entire South Kohala coastline for a twelve-month period (August 2015-August 2016) to engage the public, record use information, and document violations. Kilo Kapakai translates to one who observes the shoreline and will be used preferentially to designate coastal naturalists for this report. Kilo Kapakai completed 16,635 surveys by repeatedly surveying 34 sites along approximately 22 miles of shoreline based on randomly stratified schedule. At each site, they obtained use 'snapshots' based upon a standard observational protocol. The entire district was surveyed approximately once per week, so the 105,360 individuals observed engaging in coastal activities in South Kohala represent a small fraction of the total number of ocean users. Over 12 months, a total of five natural resource violations were confirmed indicative of a 99.99% total compliance rate with regulations. Observed violations declined throughout the course of the project, although data based on a sample size this small should not be considered definitive. Members of the public were supportive participants in conversations about this survey and management efforts in West Hawai'i, as were local businesses, organizations, clubs, and school groups. Based on these findings, coastal natural resource managers may be encouraged by the high level of compliance with fishing rules and should find the information in this assessment useful in determining locations for interpretive signage and educational programs in South Kohala, and in considering when and where illegal activity may still be occurring. We are particularly grateful to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) for matching private financial support to enable successful completion of this project and to the South Kohala Coastal Partnership (SKCP), Makai Watch Program, Fairmont Orchid, KUPU Hawai'i, the Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE), The Kohala Center (TKC), West Hawai'i Explorations Academy (WHEA), University of Hawai'i at Hilo (UHH) Pacific Internships Program for Exploring Science (PIPES), Marine Option Program (MOP), and Marine Science Program, Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast Resort Association (KCRA), and the National Parks Service (NPS) Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (ALKA) for providing on the ground and in the water support and helping to share what was learned through the Kilo Kapakai program"--Executive Summary.
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