Plastic and Hawai`i's Marine Life
lecture/film series


Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i and the UHM College of Education Department of Educational Foundations (EDEF 686 Environmental Education) present "Plastic and Hawai`i`s Marine Life" - a series of free, weekly public lectures and films in April to raise awareness of the impact of marine debris on marine life. Everyone is welcome to attend these educational events every Wednesday evening from 6:30pm at UH Manoa. Free on street parking along University Avenue after 5:30pm. Click here for printable flyer

Film: "Hawai`i – Message in the Waves"
Wednesday 1st April, 2009, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UHM Architecture auditorium
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photo: © Andy Collins
"Hawai`i - Message in the Waves" is a film from the BBC Natural History Unit looking at some of the environmental challenges facing the people and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. It explores the dangers of plastic debris in the marine environment and the threat to marine animals and birds in Hawai`i. Although the documentary is from a Hawaiian perspective it is really a global film. Because of their size, location and social history, the Hawaiian Islands represent a microcosm of the planet and are in a unique position to tell all of us where we are going wrong and what we can do to help put things right.
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"Conflict, Collision and Confrontation: Sea Turtle Biology and Incompatibility with Marine Debris"
Wednesday 8th April, 2009, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UHM Art auditorium

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Regina Woodrom Rudrud, Maritime and Fisheries Anthropologist, University of Hawai`i at Manoa will highlight the seven species of marine turtles, focusing on basic aspects of sea turtle biology and how those aspects create conflicts for turtles living in and among marine debris. 

Regina Woodrom Rudrud is a sea turtle conservation biologist as well as a maritime and fisheries anthropologist who has studied sea turtles the past ten years in several countries.  Ms. Woodrom Rudrud is a lecturer in the anthropology and biology departments of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa teaching courses which include the biology of marine reptiles.  Ms Woodrom Rudrud also works as an independent contractor for the NOAA Fisheries Marine Turtle Research Program.

photo: © James Watt

Film: "Synthetic Sea Story"
Wednesday 15th April, 2009, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UHM Architecture auditorium

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"The Synthetic Sea Story" is a documentary by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation about their studies of plastic debris in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, Hawai`i and California and how plastic is impacting sea life.

Key researchers are interviewed, including Dr Anthony Andrady, the leading authority on how plastic breaks down in the marine environment. Ways to combat the plastic plague through education are discussed.
photo: © Suzanne Frazer

“Plastic: Impacts on our Health, Marine Life and the Environment”
Wednesday 22nd April, 2009, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UHM Architecture auditorium

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Suzanne Frazer, co-founder of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i will discuss the different types of plastics, the impact of marine debris on marine life, and making lifestyle changes that are beneficial for your health and the environment.

Suzanne Frazer founded B.E.A.C.H. with Dean Otsuki in 2006. They received the 2008 Living Reef award which honour groups and individuals that go above and beyond in their actions to make a difference in preserving the reefs.
photo: © Dean Otsuki

"Albatross as Indicators of Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment"
Wednesday 29th April, 2009, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UHM Architecture auditorium

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photo: © Robert Schallenberger
Dr. David Hyrenbach, Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Hawai`i Pacific University will discuss the pervasive problem and impacts of plastic ingestion by albatross with emphasis on the ecology and habitat of the Laysan and black-footed albatross.

David Hyrenbach is an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Hawai`i Pacific University College of Natural Sciences.  His expertise is in seabird foraging ecology, the habits of far-ranging marine vertebrates and the conservation of pelagic systems.  His research interests include use of satellite telemetry to understand the ecology of highly migratory pelagic species including marine birds and turtles in the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  He has a PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and before joining the faculty of HPU, was a research scientist at the Duke University Marine Laboratory and a visiting scholar at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.  For more information visit his website:  www.pelagicos.net


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Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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