Making Waves Lecture Series: "Accidentally on Purpose: Invasive Species of Hawaii"

01/19/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, Ma'alaea (Maui), Hawaii
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On Thursday, January 19, Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series will feature a free talk featuring 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. It is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Atwood has worked with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee in 2008 and after receiving his PhD from the University of Rhode Island in Biology and Environmental Science, 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 (roi). 
Learn what actions can be done to fix these problems, and how you can help! Please join us for this free event as we discuss the issues we face 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.