Holu Lalo: A strategy for enhancing resilience of French Frigate Shoals Atoll

August 18, 2022

Kiloaulani Ka'awa-Gonzales: E. Gordon Grau Fellow, Contractor with UH Sea Grant in support of NOAA Pacific Region Executive Board

Located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (monument), the tiny islets of Lalo (French Frigate Shoals) serve as critical terrestrial nesting and resting habitat for Hawaiian green sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and seabirds. With nearly 1,000 square kilometers of coral reef, Lalo supports the greatest variety of coral species in the monument; more than 600 species of invertebrates, many of which are endemic; and more than 150 species of algae. In this webinar, Kiloaulani Ka'awa-Gonzales will discuss the efforts taken by monument staff and their climate collaborators to 1) identify priority climate-related stressors present at Lalo, 2) explore adaptive management options to address these climate-related impacts, and 3) establish a comprehensive and collaborative resilience strategy outlining innovative implementation of actions intended to maintain and enhance the resilience of terrestrial and marine habitats at Lalo.

This presentation is part of the Third Thursday by The Bay webinar series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, which is the visitor center for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. This lecture series is also supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.