Bay Health


MARINE BIOLOGY MONITORING PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2013


FIN group Marine Biology monitoring - December 2014Milletseed butterfly fish - January 2014Flaring Forcepsfish - May 2014Moorish Idol - August 2016Coral, surgeons and Humuhumu at Napili - August 2016GoPro Napili WQ - collecting deep water sample - Fall 2013WQ sampling sites - Fall 2015Napili Bay Data - 2015 Compared to DOH data/standards (red & yellow lines)


WHAT:

Periodic snorkeling by our Marine Biology coordinator and volunteers to identify reef fish and invertebrates and compare relative abundance with baseline data from 2008.

Results were entered in www.reef.org database. Photos by Dana Reed and Bill Rathfon. 


NEXT:

In 2017, we plan to focus more on corals in our reef, through establishing specific areas (transects) and monitoring percent coverage, colony size and taxonomic diversity. 


Check out the U-Tube video “The Coral Song”:  A. J. Jenkins (songwriter and performer), and KidsTV123.


The Coral Song



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Thanks to Bitsy Kelley and Brent Shiratori for the link to this video. 


WATER QUALITY (WQ) MONITORING PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2013

WHAT:

Volunteers were trained to assess turbidity as a measure of sediment in our bay, several times a year from late 2013 through early 2015.  

Measurements of nutrient pollutants such as Nitrogen, Nitrates/Nitrites, and Phosphorous were added to the program by our Water Quality coordinator, Dana Reed, in mid-2015. 

The expanded Water Quality monitoring program developed into a Maui county-wide program with volunteers being trained to help monitor coastal waters for a variety of pollutants including sediment, nutrients, and some bacteria.  This program is now in place and is being done in coordination with the Department of Health, Clean Water Branch. 

The results for many West Maui coastal waters point to high levels of nutrient runoff, which encourages algal (plant) growth, and is unhealthy for coral (animal) viability.  


NOW:

These data will become an important tool for Action Plans to mitigate sources of pollutants where needed.  

Aerial photograph and WQ data by D. Reed.