Military Buildup May Spread Brown Tree Snake

An important part of conserving the unique, natural beauty of our islands is working diligently to protect against invasive species.  Invasive species threaten native species that are not accustomed to defending themselves against foreign intruders. Non-native algae suffocate coral reefs while mongoose prey on native birds, small mammals, reptiles, insects, and plants.  Mongoose pose a … [Read more…]

Shark Fin Soup Banned in Hawaii

Conservation of our environment and the species that inhabit it involves hard work and often, sacrifice. Many restaurant owners and lovers of a certain Chinese seafood delicacy are facing one such sacrifice starting this week. On Friday, June 1, 2011, a law banning the sale, possession, and distribution of shark fins will officially take effect … [Read more…]

Critical Habitats for Monk Seals to Be Expanded

Three years after receiving a petition from non-profit KAHEA and the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service is proposing 16 “critical habitats” in an effort to increase the protection of endangered monk seals and the areas they inhabit. Under the Endangered Species Act, the federal government is required … [Read more…]