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2011-06-10 08:20:00

Same toxin known to affect humans now identified for the first time in a marine mammal species Researchers from NOAA have discovered a potent and highly-debilitating toxin in the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a first-of-its-kind chemical finding that is now prompting investigations of other marine mammals in the state. The toxin, ciguatoxin, is produced by marine algae common on coral reefs, and accumulates in fish species that are consumed by humans. Ciguatera, the human disease caused by...

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2011-03-09 14:43:42

In the thick of whale season, researchers from Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shed new light on the wintering grounds of the humpback whale. The primary breeding ground for the North Pacific was always thought to be the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). However, a new study has shown that these grounds extend all the way throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago and into the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), also known as...

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2010-12-11 07:45:00

Hawai"Ëœi Institute of Marine Biology Celebrates its Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Last week, managers from the 43 marine sites on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met in Hawai"Ëœi to explore ways of strengthening marine conservation. This engagement also coincided with the official inscription ceremony for the new...

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2010-08-23 12:15:00

Next month, scientists plan to monitor corals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for signs of bleaching. The reefs become stressed and expel the algae that live inside them when temperatures are warmer than usual.  This causes the corals to lose their color. Corals may die if this continues for extended periods, which could deprive fish of vital food and habitat. Monument deputy superintendent Randall Kosaki said Friday that researchers will study coral in the Papahanaumokuakea...

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2010-08-01 08:29:20

The UN's cultural and scientific body added a region of mountainous forests in Sri Lanka and an isolated archipelago off Hawaii to UNESCO's World Heritage list, officials said on Saturday. The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the two sites on Friday during a 10-day meeting held to revise the World Heritage list. The additions brought the number of environmentally and culturally unique sites considered important to our...

2010-07-12 11:51:00

HICKAM AFB, Hawaii, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Officials at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, formally dedicated two Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-22 Raptors on July 9, inaugurating the base as the newest permanent home for the aircraft and marking the start of a partnership between the Hawaii Air National Guard and the active-duty Air Force in flying the F-22. Pilots from the 199th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, and from the active-duty 19th Fighter Squadron, 15th...

2010-06-01 16:39:00

HONOLULU, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Memorial Museum Association (AMMA) made its own history today as the 31-year old non-profit organization officially changed its name to PACIFIC HISTORIC PARKS (PHP) http://pacifichistoricparks.org/ at the four National Parks it provides interpretive, educational and visitor activity support for. The sites include the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument http://pacifichistoricparks.org/phh.php at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; American...

2010-02-17 14:09:00

BURLINGAME, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- ECC's regional office for Pacific operations will relocate from Aiea to Honolulu, Hawaii, effective March 1st. This relocation is convenient for its clients, and accommodates ECC's expanding capabilities and growing project workload throughout the Pacific. ECC's new office will be located at 2969 Mapunapuna Place, Suite 220 (cross street Puuloa Road), just 3 miles from the Honolulu International Airport. Recent contract awards, primarily from...

2010-01-30 19:25:00

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard commander Capt. Gregory R. Thomas today joined the Battleship Missouri Memorial in saluting its volunteers and supporters as the historic ship fully reopened to visitation following a multimillion-dollar drydocking project. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100130/LA46832-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100130/LA46832-b ) An ukulele band from the Big...

2009-08-03 16:00:03

A new oral vaccine against sylvatic plague is showing significant promise in the laboratory as a way to protect prairie dogs and may eventually protect endangered black-footed ferrets who now get the disease by eating infected prairie dogs, according to results by a USGS researcher at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas. This exotic disease is usually deadly for black-footed ferrets and...