Monk seal talk set

An informational and training session on how to deal with Hawaiian Monk Seals is scheduled for Sunday, July 6 at 6 p.m. at the Hukilau Lanai Banquet Room in the Kauai Coast Resort, behind the Coconut Marketplace in Waipouli.

“In light of recent progress with protection and education, many Kauai citizens have expressed interest in learning more about our critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals,” says Gretchen Johnson, the Kauai Monk Seal coordinator.

Thea Johanos-Kam, a marine biologist from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Science Center, is to be the main speaker. Johanos-Kam is with NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Office

Following the talk a sign-up is to be held for those interested in joining the islandwide network of volunteers who help set up safety zones for Monk Seals when they beach on Kauai’s coastline.

Also expected to attend the meeting are: aquatic biologist Don Heacock from the Kauai office of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, volunteer Monk Seal program coordinator Barbara Frazier, and projects coordinator Tim Robinson.

For more information call Johnson at 651-7668.

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