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Habitat Blueprint: West Hawaii Focus Area

Metadata Updated: October 14, 2022

The Habitat Blueprint provides a forward-looking framework for NOAA to think and act strategically across programs and with partner organizations to improve coastal and marine habitats for fisheries, marine life, and coastal communities. This layer outlines the Habitat Blueprint project boundary for a portion of the west coast of Hawaii Island (Big Island).

The leeward (west) side of Big Island is known for white sandy beaches and coral reefs that make it a popular destination for snorkeling, diving, and fishing. The region contains a variety of ecosystems including watersheds, Anchialine pool systems, dry-land forest, and coral reefs. There are several species of concern in the area that are important to Hawaii's economy, culture, and environment. For example, South Kohala contains one of the longest contiguous coral reefs in the state. Nearly a quarter of the corals and fish that live along this coast are found nowhere else in the world. Endangered or threatened species found in this area include Hawaiian monk seals, humpback whales, false killer whales, and green sea turtles (honu). The South Kohala district is one of the fastest growing areas on the Big Island and development is on the rise. Land uses include resort areas and very popular beaches. This means striking a delicate balance between the needs of humans and those of the natural resources. West Hawaii's natural resources are also threatened by land-based pollution and sediment, aquarium fishing, drought, fires, and invasive species.

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Metadata Date March 30, 2021
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date October 14, 2022
Reference Date(s) January 25, 2016 (creation), January 25, 2016 (issued), January 25, 2016 (revision)
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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date October 14, 2022
Reference Date(s) January 25, 2016 (creation), January 25, 2016 (issued), January 25, 2016 (revision)
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