Researchers study Hawaiian volcanic eruption effects on marine wildlife
Hilo, Hawaiʻi – January 2019 – Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund recently completed a Marine Resource Reconnaissance Survey along the Hawaiʻi island coastline following the May 2018 eruption of the Kīlauea volcano.
Our researchers’ aim was to provide accurate information about the health and state of sea turtles and other marine animals following reports of stranded and impacted turtles during the course of the lava flow.
We flew over the impacted area on two occasions taking aerial photos and recording observations of wildlife, new anchialine pool habitats and marine debris. The project was supported financially by an anonymous donor and has been submitted to more than 20 scientists and wildlife managers for peer review.
Click here for the Puna Aerial Reconnaissance Survey Press Release.
Click here for the Puna Aerial Reconnaissance Survey – Final Report.