Marine Conservation Biology in Hawaii

Thanks to all our Friends on Midway and Oahu
by -- February 1st, 2010

Now that we are are home (or almost there) we’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who made our trip so memorable

Midway is full of contrast and contradictions.  Laysans and Black-footeds, wilderness and runways, recovery (Laysan ducks) and decline (monk seals), fairy terns and bowling alleys.  It is a very powerful place in which to consider the challenges of conserving marine biodiversity in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

In our class, we strive to hear directly from the stakeholders involved in conservation efforts, from longline fishermen like Sean Martin, to managers like Lisa Van Atta (NOAA) and John Klavitter (USFWS) and conservation scientists like Lindsay Young and David Hyrenbach.  All these people took time out of their busy schedules to give us their thoughts on conservation; we appreciate their time, candor and passion.

Our experience on Midway was enhanced greatly by Tracy Ammerman who made sure we had everything we needed in terms of knowledge and logistical support.  The USFWS staff and volunteers welcomed and taught us as we accompanied them in their daily work.  Tracy Wurth graciously provided glimpses into the private lives of the monk seals of Midway during her daily surveys.  Darlene and everyone at Chugach made sure we were comfortable and relaxed after work (the Chugach Band rocks) and Pong, chef extraordinaire, kept us happy and well fed.

Thanks to everyone on Midway, including the humans, birds, turtles and seals, for welcoming us to your home.

The Marine Conservation Biology Class of 2010

The Marine Conservation Biology Class of 2010

2 Comments

  1. Linds' Mom
    Feb 2, 2010

    Your descriptions have been incredible and have revealed a whole new world to those of us living vicariously through your journey. What a great group of adventurers. Linds, I’m so proud of you and all that you have done at Duke. Duke may be an adversary in SYR (LOL), but it’s a champion in C Square. Can’t wait to learn about your next trek. Lucky that you can enjoy your revelations with such a special 2010 Marine Conservation Biology Class. Cheers to all and good luck after graduation!

  2. Scott Stoll
    Feb 4, 2010

    Thanks for allowing those of us, who weren’t with you, the opportunity to virtually experience your explorations and discoveries. I found the ingested plastics in the magnificent Albatross to be most disturbing and will continue to recycle and curb my own use as a small part of the solution. Best of luck to all of you and thanks to each of you as you go about the business of conservation and saving the planet as we know it.
    Best Regards,
    Scott (Josh’s dad)

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