STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR FIRST “BLEACHAPALOOZA”
DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is supporting the first-ever Bleachapalooza; a grassroots effort that will bring volunteers together statewide to receive training on how to identify coral bleaching in their areas and how to report their findings to the Eyes of the Reef Network (www.eorhawaii.org).
On Oct. 3, 2015, when ocean temperatures are predicted to peak, trained volunteers will simultaneously get into the ocean on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island to look for bleaching on coral reefs. The information they gather will give a better understanding of the extent of the coral bleaching and future conservation options for reefs statewide.
In advance of Bleachapalooza, the Eyes of the Reef Network is offering free coral bleaching identification training. Training is not mandatory to participate in the event but you should be a confident snorkeler, free diver, or SCUBA diver, have a basic understanding of what coral is, be able to recognize white, bleached corals. For updates on the Bleachapalooza event, check the Eyes of the Reef Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/eyesofthereef).
Island-specific information for Bleachapalooza is as follows:
Bleachapalooza Coral Bleaching Identification Training
Sept. 30, 2015 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Dive Oahu at Discovery Bay, 1778 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 3
For more information or to RSVP: email@example.com
Source: Eyes of the Reef « Community Reporting Network for coral disease, bleaching, COTS and marine invasives