WHALE JAIL in RUSSIA:10 Orca & 87 Beluga bound for China's Ocean Parks.
Reef Guardians founder Harry Rabin was asked to join Jean-Michel Cousteau's team to help in an international effort, along with the Whale Sanctuary Project, to work towards their release back to the wild. To date Russia has agreed to release all of them back to the wild. RGH will be there to help rehabilitate the Orca and Beluga so they are ready to make the long 1000km journey back to the Shantar islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. Rabin is acting as scientific documentarian and also gathering morphometric, audio and infrared data for analysis by the teams scientists.
LATEST INFORMATION ALL WHALES HAVE BEEN SET FREE as of NOV 17, 2019!
CHILDREN'S REEF GUARDIANS FIELD STUDY
Public school education on Kauai does not allow for students to enter the marine environment, and knowledge of our near shore environment is limited.
Beginning last summer, Reef Guardians Hawaii has operated a hands-on field educational program for children during school breaks. This training provides first-hand experience and the growth of community resources through exposure, training and practice.
See our EDUCATION PAGE for full description.
CORAL STUDIES "ROBOTS on the REEF."
A new program is in place to monitor our reefs health using AI and surface and aerial drones. RGH was awarded n AI Earth Grant from Microsoft and National Geographic and will be working with FIU and other Universities to create the necessary software to best interpret the images brought back by the latest in smart camera and drone technology.
Several diseases have been playing a major role in the decline of several native coral species surrounding Kauai as its neighboring islands. Coral Bleaching, Black Band, Montipora and Cyanobacteria are but a few that have reduced the living coral population significantly in a mere three years.
Reef Guardians is working hard to fund research and act as a catalyst bringing together researchers and scientists from NOAA, USGS, DLNR, Universities and more forming a collaborative effort to attack this head on.
Together with our communities’ involvement and local, state and federal agencies we can fund these efforts for research and get results.
Phase one requires RGH to fund a study of healthy corals in same proximity and sometime same species as their dying neighbor corals. Recent studies and data collected revealed this anomaly which requires further study. With positive results we can ascertain what mechanism is in play here and possibly use that information in a coral restoration project.