DECEMBER 1997 - Chevron Oil's Hawaiian Stilt Ad
Is Chevron's refinery providing a healthy enviroment for the endangered Hawaiian Stilts?
JANUARY 1998 - Ho'ona Historical Preserve
Development without control? A conflict of interest between regulating the environment and encouraging business growth. See October 1998 Archive for updates.
FEBRUARY 1998 - USDAWS
WHO is the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service, and what are they up to in Hawai'i ? You may know them better as ADC, or Animal Damage Control. EnviroWatch has uncovered some disturbing activities taking place around airports and military installations.
USDAWS is also responsible for the killing of Canada Geese throughout the United States. EnviroWatch has received numerous inquiries regarding ADC's activities. Our investigations into the practices of ADC suggest that there is no consistancy in their policies. We are providing a copy of a Memorandum of Understanding agreement that may shed some light into their activites. MOU
MARCH 1998 - Farallon de Mendinilla
Help save Farallon de Mendinilla. Bombing practice by the military is destroying nesting sites for Pacific birds.
MAY 1998 - WHALES IN HAWAI'IAN WATERS ARE IN DANGER
Hawaii's marine resources have been bombarded by military tests and activities, that are supposed to be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Marine Mammal Protection Act. During February and March of 1998 the Navy presented our marine resources with two activities that may have had negative impacts on whales and other marine life in Hawai'i with little regard for public concern or impact.
SURVEILLANCE TOWED ARRAY SONAR SYSTEM - LOW FREQUENCY ACTIVE
SURTAS-LFA - Military testing targeting gray whales, similar to testing done in Hawaii, was also conducted in Southern and Central California. Data on whale deaths, gathered from stranding reports for the last 5 years, is presented in chart form in the following link:
JUNE 1998 - Shark Finning
National Marine Fisheries Service permits American fishing vessels based in Honolulu, Hawai'i, to trans-ship thousands of pounds of shark fin from foreign fishing vessels using drift gill nets. In April, 1998, NMFS authorized a longline fishing vessel (CHRIS) to rendezvous with a foreign fishing vessel and pick up large quantities of dried shark fin. They brought them back to Honolulu, to be bundled and shipped around the world.
We attempted to obtain details of the type of gear the foreign vessel was using, but NMFS refused to disclose the information. They claim it is privileged and private, and that the coordinates of the pick up are also private. We believe what is really taking place is that, once again, the political and economical influences that plague NMFS have reared their ugly heads and put the management of yet another species of the marine environment low on the list. Read the story and see the shocking pictures.....
OCTOBER 1998 - Toxic Spill at Nelha
On September 13, 1998, it was discovered that a toxic chemical had been released into the water at Keaohole Point, Hawai'i. Fishermen in the area found dead fish, yet NELHA denied that a spill occurred. The Department of Health investigated, found evidence of a spill, and shut down the beach. Click here to read more about the fishermen and the attempted cover-up
MAY 1999 - Monk Seals
In May, 1999, 10 blind Hawaiian monk seals were shipped to Sea Life, Texas. Learn why in an article "Leaving the Islands" from Hawaii Fishing New, and review the recommendations made by the Native and Indigenous Rights Advisory Panel to WPRFMC.
JULY 1999 - A "SHOCKING STORY" with no resolution
May's issue of Fishing News featured a story regarding a fish kill in a Molokai stream using an illegal shocking device. What is truly shocking, however, is not only who was involved but that the incident was turned over to the State Attorney General for investigation and nothing has been heard since!
SEPTEMBER, 1999 - BURIAL SITE DESECRATION BY U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE - BONES EXPOSED !
Native Hawai'ians recently received rude responses and poor treatment from the Park Service when they called attention to the desecration of their family's burial site. A letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt explains the problem and a PRESS RELEASE - asks for removal of the District Superintendent
NOVEMBER, 1999 - MAUNA KEA - SCIENCE AND CULTURE CLASH
Kepa Maly, Kumu Pono Associates, was contracted by Group 70 International to do "Historical Research and Oral History Interviews" as part of a master plan on Manua Kea. His document has since been misused and misrepresented in a draft EIS proposing to expand the telescope area from 50 to 600 acres and adding 40 or more new facilities in the summit region. Following, is his "cultural study" and the letter he wrote in protest to its use by Group 70 International. If you would like to comment on this, their email address is Oda@group70int.com
DECEMBER, 1999 - ACTION FOR HANAUMA BAY -
The East Honolulu Community Coalition requests additional studies before starting new construction
FEBRUARY 2000 - Dumping at Reef Runway
Toxic waste dredged from Ala Wai Canal to be used as fill for Reef Runway