Habitat Conservation

Maunalua Bay, Oahu Invasive Algae Removal

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There have been recent efforts to remove the invasive algae, Avrainvillea amadelpha in the bay through cooperative efforts of the community-based Malama Maunalua, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Specifically, a NOAA grant for $3.4 million in American Recovery and Restoration Act funding was awarded to clear sections of the bay from this threat.

April 29th, 2011 marked the end of large-scale alien algae removal resulting in 26 acres restored. However, the project will continue in the coming months, focusing mainly on post-restoration biological monitoring and education and outreach.

There are also collaborative efforts underway to prevent sediment and pollution from entering the bay from the land. To see a map of sources of run-off into the bay click here.

For more information visit the TNC Hawaii website or contact:
NOAA Restoration Center
NOAA Fisheries Service Pacific Island Region Office
(808) 944-2200

Maunalua Bay map