Posted on: January 10, 2012

Free Talk: "Accidentally on Purpose: Invasive Species of Hawaii"

On Thursday, January 19, Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series will feature a free panel discussion titled "Accidentally on Purpose -- Invasive Species of Hawai'i." The presentation will feature Dr. Joshua Atwood, coordinator of the Hawaiian Invasive Species Council along with Darrell Tanaka, local fisherman and one of the founders of Maui’s "Roi Round-up." They will be presenting information on their work on stemming the spread of both terrestrial and marine invasive species on Maui.

The talk takes place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center. Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center is located on the lower ocean-facing level of the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The Making Waves Lecture Series is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Atwood worked with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee in 2008. After receiving his PhD from the University of Rhode Island in Biology and Environmental Science, he returned to Hawaii. As the Coordinator of the Invasive Species Council, Dr. Atwood works with the heads of several departments of the state government and is responsible for budgeting the effort to keep invasive species in check for the entire state.
Darrell Tanaka is a local fisherman and environmentalist who is very concerned with the impact that carnivorous marine invasive species are causing to Maui’s reefs. Darrell is one of the founders and coordinators of Maui’s "Roi Roundup," a spearfishing competition designed to advocate the removal of one of the most harmful invasive fish on our reefs, the Peacock Grouper (also known as roi). 
Learn what actions can be done to fix these problems, and how you can help! The public is invited to attend this free event and to participate in discussing the issues faced in Hawaii involving invasive species and potential remedies for this serious problem that affects our environment.
For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. A downloadable PDF of the flyer about the event can be found at