Honolulu, HI. (September 1, 2016) – Today Hawai'i Governor David Ige announced a strong commitment to Hawai'i's culture and reefs by pledging to effectively manage 30 percent of the State's nearshore waters by 2030. Conservation International joins the Polynesian Voyaging Society and more than 60 conservation, community, and government members of the the Promise to PaeʻĀina o Hawai'i Partnership in applauding the State's plan, which was a product of the partnership's collaborative efforts.
"As an island state, Hawai'i is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including increased storms, coral bleaching as well as local impacts that place our reefs at risk," noted Dr. Jack Kittinger, director of Conservation International's Hawai'i program. "CI is grateful to the Governor for committing to protect our natural environment so that it can continue to benefit our communities now and into the future."
For more information, see the full press release from the Polynesian Voyaging Society below.
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For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016
Sonja Swenson Rogers
Polynesian Voyaging Society
Polynesian Voyaging Society and Voyage-Inspired P2P Applaud Governor Ige's
Commitment to Effectively Manage 30% of Hawai'i's Nearshore Ocean Waters by 2030
(Honolulu, HI)--Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and Promise to PaeʻĀina partners (P2P) are celebrating Governor David Ige's announcement today that the State is committed to effectively managing 30 percent of Hawai'i's nearshore waters by 2030 in the main Hawaiian Islands. Announced at the opening ceremony of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, this 30 by 30 marine goal is a milestone event for P2P, a Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage-inspired collaboration of partners with a collective commitment to ensure Hawai'i is a better place when Hōkūle'a returns than when she left in 2014.
In his speech today, Governor Ige said "Our reefs provide habitat for spectacular marine life, and feed us. That's why I'm committed to effectively managing 30% of our nearshore ocean waters by 2030."
Multiple sources of scientific research suggest that the health and function of at least 30 percent of nearshore reef areas are necessary to sustain the productivity of reef regions like those in the main Hawaiian islands. 30 by 30 provides an overarching target that builds on the State's current efforts to improve the capacity and coverage of enforcement, support community-based marine management, develop a plan to address coral bleaching, and strengthen statewide regulations, monitoring, enforcement, and other adaptive management measures. Effective management will be measured by a broadly agreed-upon set of biological parameters for "healthy" reef systems developed by scientific expertise, traditional knowledge, and user input. The plan for this effort is to be an open, inclusive process balancing fisher and other ocean user interests with the State's restoration and conservation needs.
"Initiatives such as 30 by 30 are essential for our sail plan to a sustainable future. To protect life on earth, we have to protect the ocean waters," said Nainoa Thompson, president, Polynesian Voyaging Society. "The impact made by the collective efforts of our partners is a testament to how the community can come together to create change that will benefit our children and our future," he added.
The 30 by 30 commitment was developed through a collaborative effort of conservation organizations, marine resource management groups, community members and government agencies brought together by Promise to PaeʻĀina o Hawaiʻi (P2P), a collective impact initiative inspired by the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. As Hōkūleʻa sails the Worldwide Voyage (WWV) sharing her message to mālama honua, to care for Island Earth, P2P's primary focus is to compel the ocean management community to acknowledge that the issues facing the environment are shared problems that need shared solutions. The group came together and penned the Promise to the PaeʻĀina declaration (http://www.hokulea.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Promise-to-Paeaina.pdf) document on April 23, 2014.
About the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage:
The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage will cover over 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports, and 27 nations, including 12 of UNESCO's Marine World Heritage sites. Voyaging from Hawaiʻi in 2014 with an estimated sail conclusion date of June 2017, the Worldwide Voyage is taking the iconic sailing vessel, Hōkūleʻa, around Island Earth and her sister canoe, Hikianalia, around the Hawaiian Islands to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The voyage seeks to engage all of Island Earth - practicing how to live sustainably while sharing Polynesian culture, learning from the past and from each other, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of the precious place we call home. To follow the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, visit http://hokulea.com/track-the-voyage
The online press kit is available at www.hokulea.com/press.
Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2014, Hōkūle'a has sailed more than 26,000 nautical miles and made stops in 14 countries and 70 ports, weaving a "Lei of Hope" around the world. Along the way, more than 200 volunteer crewmembers have helped to sail Hōkūle'a to spread the message of Mālama Honua (or taking care of Island Earth) by promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness, as well as exchanging ideas with the countries she has visited. So far, crewmembers have connected with more than 45,000 people in communities across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea and Indian Ocean including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Indonesia, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Cuba. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage reached the East Coast of the United States in March 2016, stopping in Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia before continuing north to Washington D.C., New York City (where it celebrated World Oceans Day at at the United Nations on June 8) and New England.
About the Polynesian Voyaging Society:
The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another and their natural and cultural environments.
For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+.
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P2P Quotes for 30x30 Marine Goal Announcement - Sept 1st 2016
"We support community-based, adaptive management based on science" said Kitty M. Simonds, executive director of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. "We encourage efforts for consistent management in State and federal jurisdictions and a definition of 'effectively managed' that is goal oriented and adaptive and includes adequate levels of outreach, enforcement, monitoring and community participation."
Kitty Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
"808 Cleanups is honored to be a part of this tremendous alliance of action takers to create effective management for our nearshore ocean. From day one, we have empowered community members throughout the islands to take positive action for making a cleaner, safer and stronger Hawaiʻi from mauka to makai. We look forward to working together with this full spectrum of fellow leaders to restore and protect the ocean for generations to come. "
Michael Loftin, Executive Director, 808 Cleanups
"As an island state, Hawaiʻi is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change threats, including increased storms, coral bleaching as well as local impacts that place our reefs at risk," noted Dr. Jack Kittinger, Director of Conservation International's Hawaiʻi program. "CI is grateful to the Governor for committing to protect our natural environment so that it can continue to benefit our communities now and into the future."
Jack Kittinger, Senior Director, Hawai'i program, Conservation International | Center for Oceans
"We celebrate the commitment and dedication of Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Hokulea crews to Malama Honua and pledge to do our part to Malama Honua in Maunalua Bay. "
H. Mitchell D'Olier, Chair
"Hawaiiʻs nearshore ocean deeply connects our island ʻohana. Without healthy nearshore resources, we would be lost. Effectively managing more of our coastal resources will allow our ecosystems and our inter-connected communities to thrive in Hawaii"
Denise Antolini, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
William S. Richardson School of Law
"E holomua kākou, we at Kamehameha Schools support this critical effort to work together in protecting and restoring our precious Hawaiian oceans".
Shawn Kanaiaupuni, Director of Public Education Support at Kamehameha Schools
"This accomplishment reflects what's possible when diverse groups share a common goal. It's a terrific example of acting locally to change the globe. Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) is proud to support this important initiative."
Nicole Forrester, Executive Director, PREL
"In addition to being home to marine species and ecosystems found nowhere else in the world, Hawaiʻi's oceans are an important source of food, recreation, learning, and cultural practice. Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation supports this goal as a critical step toward our communities being better stewards of our nearshore waters. Community-based subsistence management and marine protected areas across Hawaiʻi will be the foundations for achieving Hawaiʻi's ocean stewardship goals. More support from the State and local governments will be important for moving these efforts forward."
Jack & Kim Johnson, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation
"Healthy, sustainable forests contribute to healthy ocean ecosystems," said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. We are excited to continue to work with Island partners to ensure the health and resiliency of Hawaii ' s environment for future generations."
Tom Tidwell, Chief of the US Forest Service.
"The people of Hawai'i managed our reefs and nearshore fisheries for generations to ensure they could sustain a healthy and thriving population in our remote island home. The Nature Conservancy applauds Governor Ige's commitment to continuing this legacy by effectively managing 30% of State waters by 2030. His recent support of community-based marine management in partnership with the communities of Hāʻena on Kauaʻi and Kaʻūpūlehu in West Hawai'i is a testament to his commitment to ensuring our oceans remain healthy and abundant for generations to come."
Ulalia Woodside, Executive Director
The Nature Conservancy, Hawai'i Program
"On behalf of Liquid Robotics, I applaud and wish to thank Governor Ige for his leadership in establishing this significant conservation goal," said Gary Gysin, President and CEO, Liquid Robotics. "As a Company committed to Malama Honua, we look forward to using our sustainable technologies to help manage and protect our ocean for generations to come."
Gary Gysin, President and CEO, Liquid Robotics
"Hawaii continues to demonstrate leadership on the critical issues that face all of us. We commend the Governor and those involved for taking this step."
Kate Brown, Executive Director, GLISPA