2018 International Year of the Reef - Hawai`i launch

Celebrate the official Hawaii launch of the 2018 International Year of the Reef

Thursday 26th April, 2018
11:30am - 5:30pm
Hawai`i State Capitol (chamber level)
415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu.

 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
for flyer click here

Event schedule:
11:30am - 3:30pm information tables in the entrance foyer, chamber level by B.E.A.C.H., NOAA Fisheries,
The Plastics Project & other non-profit and government organizations (TBA)
Prizes for best, most creative marine animal dress up for children (flyer)

  2:00pm - 5:30pm program in the Auditorium includes:
Special guests - Proclamations and remarks
Keynote speaker - coral scientist, Dr. Ruth Gates
Film - "Chasing Coral"
Panel - Q & A following film

There will also be a special announcement of a new initiative by B.E.A.C.H., Surfrider Foundation,
Sustainable Coastlines, Kokua Hawai`i Foundation, Sierra Club and Hawaii Reef & Ocean Coalition

About the film "Chasing Coral"
Chasing Coral is a film directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes at Exposure Labs production. 
It was filmed over 3 years with 500 hours of underwater footage from over 30 countries and was made with the support of more
than 500 people around the world.  Synopsis:  Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers,
photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and
to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Win prizes
Children are invited to come dressed (and face painted if they like) as a Hawaii marine animal found in coral reefs
and prizes will be given for most creative, colourful and realistic animals without using plastic for their costumes. 

About Dr. Ruth Gates

About the 2018 International Year of the Reef
This is the 3rd International Year of the Reef - a year-long worldwide effort to strengthen global awareness of the importance
of coral reefs, the threats to their survival and the actions that need to be taken now to protect the reef. The last IYOR took
place 10 years ago in 2008. 

The purpose of the Hawaii launch event is to get the public excited about the 2018 IYOR and to take part in activities
throughout the year which are focused on raising awareness of the importance of the reef, the threats to its survival
and what the public can do to protect the reef.  Countries around the world are taking part in the 2018
IYOR which is being co-chaired by the Government of France and the Australian Government through the
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  Through launching the 2018 International Year of the Reef in Hawaii,
this state is joining states around the world in an effort to:

The 2018 International Year of the Reef aims to:
Strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems;
Promote partnerships between governments, the private sector, academia and civil society on the management
of coral reefs;
Identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency and sustainable
use of these ecosystems and promoting best practices; and
Share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management.

https://www.iyor2018.org/about-iyor/

This free, public event provides the public a way to connect and learn about the reef and the threats and solutions by
interacting with the information tables by various non-profits and government agencies, hearing the keynote address
by coral scientist Dr. Ruth Gates and seeing the film "Chasing Coral".  As this is a global celebration, by having this
launch, Hawai`i will be officially joining in the celebrations around the world for the 2018 International Year of the Reef.

For coral reef information click here

The 2018 IYOR Hawaii launch is being organized by Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.)
with support from Representative Cindy Evans, Senator Will Espero, Dr. Ruth Gates and Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources.
For more information contact:  B.E.A.C.H. on ph: (808) 393 2168 or visit: www.b-e-a-c-h.org


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Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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