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      Free Online “Talk Story” Presentation by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council
 on Weds., Dec. 2

      MĀ‘ALAEA, HI –  Want to learn the latest about the oyster project that’s taking place in Māʻalaea Bay? The ocean water quality monitoring at 39 sites in South and West Maui? The fire suppression project in Pohakea watershed in Māʻalaea? How about educational programs about reducing pesticide use to protect Maui’s reefs and marine wildlife?

      Maui Nui Marine Resource Council (MNMRC) is inviting the public to an online “Talk Story” meeting on Weds, Dec. 2 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm during which MNMRC staff will present updates about the organizationʻs ongoing conservation programs.

      New ocean water quality monitoring data about sites in South and West Maui will also be presented by Hui O Ka Wai Ola (Association of Living Waters) staff and volunteers. Hui O Ka Wai Ola was co-founded and is co-managed by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, The Nature Conservancy and West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, working closely with the State of Hawaii Department of Health Clean Water Branch.

      This online event will include time for participants to offer their ideas and suggestions on steps to improve coral reef health and ocean water quality along the shorelines of Maui County.

      Door prizes will be awarded. Admission is free. Advance registration is required. Please visit https://bit.ly/talkstorymnmrc

      “Despite Covid-19, the year 2020 has been a very busy one for Maui Nui Marine Resource Council with many projects and programs moving forward,” said Amy Hodges, Programs and Operations Manager at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. “We would like to share our progress and new developments with the community, and also hear back from everyone with their suggestions for ways we can tackle some of the most pressing problems impacting our reefs and nearshore areas in Maui County.”

      About Maui Nui Marine Resource Council:
      Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is a community-based nonprofit organization celebrating 13 years of working for healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and abundant native fish throughout Maui County. Our work includes co-managing the Hui O Ka Wai Ola Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program in South and West Maui, efforts to reduce pollution in Mā‘alaea Bay (through erosion-control efforts in the Pohakea watershed and using oysters to filter sediment and pollutants from ocean water), coral reef research, visitor education programs and more. Learn more at www.mauireefs.org.

       

      Photo: John Starmer, Chief Scientist at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, installs a new water quality monitoring device in Māʻalaea Harbor. Recent data about water quality in South and West Maui and information on newly installed monitoring equipment that can record details on water quality every five minutes will be presented at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s online “Talk Story” event on Weds. Dec. 2.

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