Two sites,West Maui (Ka‘anapali-Kahekili) and South Kohala (Pelekane Bay-Puako-Anaeho‘omalu Bay) were prioritized for 3-5 year program focus in order to implement specific ridge-to-reef management activities. (See HCRS for full description of process used to determine priority sites)
The goal for the South Kohala CAP is to develop strategies to address priority threats to South Kohala's coral reef ecosystems. This process will engage statebolders in the development of a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) to identify: 1) priority conservation targets, 2) threats acting on the targets, 3) strategies to conserve the targets, and 4) measurable indicators to evaluate the success of those strategies at conserving the targets. In 2011, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facilitated two workshops to develop the CAP. The planning process involved a mauka to makai approach. CAP implementation is scheduled to begin in January 2012.
The Coastal Use Mapping Project was designed to fill a critical information gap in ocean management by mapping significant human uses of the nearshore ocean area in the Kawaihae- Keāhole region. The intent was to gain a better understanding of the spatial range and intensity of key use types in this region in order to better inform resource management. To this end, participatory GIS mapping workshop was held where local resource users, scientists, and stakeholders will create maps of ocean uses. Data, maps, and analytical products are completed and available to local community groups, state and federal agencies, NGOs, and to other interested parties at NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center.
A revised version of the Wai‘ula‘ula Watershed Plan was completed in 2011. This watershed management plan addresses both EPA's 9 key elements for watershed-based plans and the applicable management measures for Hawai‘i's coastal nonpoint pollution control program. The overall goal of the Wai‘ula‘ula watershed management plan is to maintain healthy stream and riparian environments, both in terms of water quality and habitat integrity, that sustain a healthy mauka-makai connection and promote community-based environmental stewardship.
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