After Dark in the Park Video Archives - April 20 2010
Ocean Stewardship in Pacific Islands National Parks
Throughout the Pacific Ocean, natural and cultural resources, including coral reefs and other coastal and ocean environments, are threatened by natural and human-caused disturbances. Extensive inventory and monitoring is underway in National Parks in the Pacific, along with research on climate change effects, replenishment of juvenile corals, reef resilience, fisheries harvest and other marine conservation issues. Indigenous knowledge and traditional ocean use practices combined with scientific data offer independent yet complimentary ways to understand and manage marine resources. Join NPS marine ecologist and photographer Larry Basch to learn about marine treasures and stewardship efforts in Pacific parks.
Did You Know?
During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).