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CRAMP Permits & Permissions to Conduct Surveys

The Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) has installed survey sites around the state and continues to conduct monitoring and assessment work under permits issued from agencies responsible for managing near shore reefs. CRAMP activity has been conducted under the following permits:

State of Hawai‘i , Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) Permits for marine protected areas.

Marine Protected Areas included in the permits include Honolua-Mokuleia, Molokini, Pupukea, and Puako. All Fisheries Management Areas on the West Coast of Hawai‘i  were added as a rider to the Honolua-Mokuleia permit PRO-1999-65 and have been renewed annually.

These permits are departmental permits and are reissued upon request up to a month prior to expiration. The permits allow placement of stainless steel pins on the inner and outer reef at all sites to identify changes in fish density and coral cover. Placement of settlement plates and sediment traps are permitted activities included in the Honolua-Mokuleia permit application.  These permits have been renewed annually since 1998 by Richard Sixberry of DAR.

A Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) was not required for the activity requested. Copies of the appropriate permits are in the possession of the CRAMP team when activity is occurring in these protected areas. The Department of Conservation and Recreation Enforcement (DOCARE) is informed prior to work at these sites. No activity is conducted until approval and receipt of final permits.

State of Hawai‘i , Department of Land and Natural Resources, Natural Area Reserve System Commission.

A special use permit issued by the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the site Ahihi-Kinau (Kanahena) on the island of Maui, was approved by the Natural Area Reserve System commission (NARS). Prior to field entry NARS and DOCARE staff are notified in advance. This permit is renewed on an annual basis to accommodate long-term monitoring.

State of Hawai‘i , Department of Land and Natural Resources Collecting Permit (covers all sites except MLCD and NARS)

CRAMP scientific collecting activity is covered under a permit issued to the Hawai‘i  Institute of Marine Biology by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. This permit allows collection of certain organisms including all corals, under Section 187-A-6, Hawai‘i  Revised Statutes and other applicable laws. This permit allows collection from all state waters excluding marine protected areas. Results of all collecting activities performed under authority of this permit are reported annually to the Division of Aquatic Resources within a month after expiration, as required. Report of collecting includes the following information: Date of collection, location, common or scientific name, quantity collected and the disposition of specimens.

State of Hawai‘i , Department of Land and Natural Resources, Land Division Site Plan Approval for Monitoring Hawai‘i‘s Reefs SPA ST 00-20.

This permit was granted for activities and placement of pins at all CRAMP sites under Section 13-5-22, 11-200-8 and 11-200(8)5 of the Hawai‘i  Administrative Rules which allows basic data collection, research, education and resource evaluation. This permit has no expiration date and will be valid until revoked.

State of Hawai‘i , Department of Land and Natural Resources, Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission (www.state.hi.us/kirc/main/home.htm)

Kaho‘olawe is a unique island of great cultural, educational and scientific value.Launching at Kihei boat ramp for KIRC/CRAMP survey of Kahoolawe during August 2000.  The KIRC enforcement/monitoring vessel "Kakilo" is fully equipped 30' twin diesel operated by a crew of two trained KIR specialists.  All survey work off Kahoolawe is conducted at the invitation of KIRC and under the supervision of KIR personnel.  Photo by Paul L. Jokiel. Management of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve (KIR) is under the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC). All CRAMP surveys at Kaho‘olawe are conducted at the invitation of KIRC and under the direction of the KIR Ocean Resources Manager. Surveys are conducted from the KIR enforcement/monitoring support vessel.

Launching at Kihei boat ramp for KIRC/CRAMP survey of Kaho‘olawe during August 2000. The KIRC enforcement/monitoring vessel "Kakilo" is fully equipped 30‘ twin diesel operated by a crew of two trained KIR specialists. All survey work off Kaho‘olawe is conducted at the invitation of KIRC and under the supervision of KIR personnel. Photo by Paul L. Jokiel.

The KIRC enforcement/monitoring vessel "Kakilo" is fully equipped 30‘ twin diesel operated by a crew of two trained KIR specialists. All survey work off Kaho‘olawe is conducted at the invitation of KIRC and under the supervision of KIR personnel. Photo by Paul L. Jokiel.

The KIRC Ocean Resource Management Plan (KOMP) is under continuing development by KIRC. This plan recognizes that effective management of the ocean resources of the KIR requires monitoring the status of these resources. The goal of monitoring in the reserve is to provide information for management on long-term ecological changes (http://www.state.hi.us/kirc/ocean/monitoring.html).

The KOMP recognizes the need for approaches that complement existing monitoring programs within the state. Goals of KOMP relevant to our common objectives include use of quantitative approaches to monitoring, assuring data integrity and accuracy of data, and making the best use of limited funding resources. KOMP is working in partnership with CRAMP in a program that involves UH trained Marine Option QUEST divers, and collaboration with DAR.

CRAMP will continue this partnership in compliance with existing and future regulations and ensure responsible scientific research that is in accordance with KIRC policies and with the KOMP.

 

Last Update: 04/21/2008

By: Lea Hollingsworth

Hawai‘i  Coral Reef Assessment & Monitoring Program

Hawai‘i  Institute of Marine Biology

P.O. Box 1346

Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744

808-236-7440 phone

808-236-7443 fax

email: jokiel@Hawai‘i .edu