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HB Thurs 2/28: Translocation as a Tool for Conservation of the Hawaiian Monk Seal (Tracy Wurth)

Aloha Thursday Evening Patrons,

On Thursday evening February 28th, the UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program continues its public outreach series at the City and County of Honolulu’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

Thursday February 28,

Translocation as a Tool for Conservation of the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Tracy Wurth, Biologist, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center – Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program

The deteriorating demographic status of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal has motivated renewed and expanded proposals for conservation action, including translocation of seals to improve survival. Over the past three decades, numerous monk seal translocations have been conducted with a variety of objectives, including mitigating shark predation and conspecific male aggression, reducing human–seal interactions, and taking advantage of favorable foraging habitats to improve survival. To learn more simply show up on Thursday evening!

As always, these events begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the theatre at the Hanauma Bay Education Center.  Events are free and open to the public, with no charge for parking after 5:30 p.m.  We hope to see you on Thursday evening!  These programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at www.hanaumabayeducation.org.

(From Shawn Carrier, Outreach Education Specialist, UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program)

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