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Spotlight on EOR volunteers: Peyton Williams

Peyton Williams

Mahalo Peyton for helping to care for Hawaii’s reefs!!

Peyton attended his first training with Eyes of the Reef about a year ago and he is now one of our EOR instructors!! Peyton has helped EOR tremendously by giving trainings and conducting outreach at many community events on Oahu. As a volunteer organization Eyes of the Reef depends on folks, like Peyton, to help promote coral reef conservation in Hawaii. Peyton hails from Charlottesville, VA, where he did graduate research in terrestrial ecology at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Labs and was a member the UGA Institute of Ecology. He has held a variety of positions, including ecologist, Orange Co., VA, and environmental staff officer at the Army National Guard Environmental Office, Washington, D.C. As a volunteer, he has worked on a variety of projects for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and served as a Clean Water Captain, and trained Steward for CBF. He also was a trained Virginia Tree Steward. He is an active participant in REEF fish surveys and trained as a coral reef restorer with Coral Restoration Foundation. He currently works as a dive instructor at Dive Oahu.   (more…)


Flying Gurnard Update: EOR reports of fish washing up on Oahu shores

On July 1st and 2nd, the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) received several reports through the Eyes of the Reef Network and the Oahu Monk Seal Foundation of dead fish washing up on beaches in Waikiki, Ko Olina, and Nanakuli on the island of Oahu. (more…)

Senior Project “Adopts” Coral Disease and Asks: What Can We Do?

Over the past 6 months, Scott Bacon, Eyes of the Reef (EOR) Coordinator on Kauai recently worked with two high school students to document the health of coral reefs and the extent of the coral disease on Kauai for their senior projects.   (more…)

Call to members – report sick or dying collector urchins







Join us! Free EOR Training for Windward Oahu 2/19

This is a great opportunity to join the EOR Network.  Please RSVP by 2/14 as space is limited.  Hope to see you there!


EOR Network – Your help is needed to scan beaches, report dead marine life observations

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Lanternfish (Myctophids) on Kauai (photo: Don Heacock, Kauai DAR)

The Kauai Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is currently working with the US Geological Survey to investigate a marine life mortality event of around 500-800 lanternfish and squid near Nawiliwili, Kauai.  The EOR Network is needed to help identify additional observations of large numbers of dead or dying marine life.   Please check your local beach area and make an online report at: www.eorhawaii.org/make-a-report.  If you observe a large number of dead marine life on KAUAI, please call DAR at 808-645-0532.  Please do not collect samples or specimens.  

Online reports of beaches free of dead marine life are also valuable – this will help to establish which areas are being affected and which are not.

** Photos can be sent to: RRCPCoordinator@eyesofthereef.org.

Please see the full DLNR statement below: (more…)

The EOR Network in Action: A Collaborative EOR Response to Coral Disease at Kewalo, Oahu

On July 15, 2013, Angela Dona-Richards, a UH graduate student and EOR Network member, reported a possible disease outbreak on Porites evermanni from Nautilus Reef in Kewalo, Oahu. She provided pictures of the affected colonies with lesions appearing as swollen, bright pink patches.  On August 6, 2013, a multi-agency response team was sent out to investigate the area consisting of USGS (Dr. Thierry Work, Renee Breeden), DAR (Jono Blodgett, Derek LeVault) and UH/HIMB (Dr. Greta Aeby, Maya Walton, David Slater).  They located the site of the outbreak at a subsurface day-use mooring buoy on Nautilus Reef. (more…)

EOR NEW Website Launch: BRAND NEW Features!

The Hawaii Eyes of the Reef Network has a shiny new website!  We’ve included several features that will help you stay informed and connected  to all things EOR!  Please take a minute to explore! (more…)

Eyes of the Reef Network – Oahu Training Opportunity!

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Humpback Whale Sanctuary Conference Room in Hawaii Kai
(6600 Kalaniana’ole Hwy. Suite 301, for directions see http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/about/offices.html#Oahu )

Register now! Space is limited!
Please RSVP by 9/9 to oceantraining@gmail.com (more…)

By the Numbers: EOR Reports 2008 – 2013

Over the last six years, EOR Network members have made a huge contribution by reporting events of coral disease, bleaching, COTs, fish disease, and marine invasives.

Here are a few statistics that reflect that positive impact on Hawaii’s coral reefs:

  • Total Number of EOR Reports Recieved: 168
  • Total Number of People Trained in EOR Protocol: 534 (more…)
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