World Oceans Day



World Oceans Day is a global day of conservation and collaboration to protect the world’s oceans. You can get a head start on the June 8 celebration by participating in Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) activities leading up to and after World Oceans Day.

On Wednesday, June 7, join us on a FREE guided coral reef snorkel tour and fish survey off the coast of Olowalu. Departing at 12:30pm from Ma'alaea Harbor (check-in by 12:00pm), participants will receive an instructional briefing as well as snorkel gear and survey materials.

Registration in advance is required and capacity is limited. Please email and provide your name, email, phone number, address, any previous snorkeling experience, and brief statement of interest in participating. We'll send a reply email with further details.

Our goal is to conduct this survey on an annual basis, as we do with our Great Whale Count, in order to examine fish population and distribution over time at this location. We're also excited that volunteers from Dell Inc. will be working with us, along with keiki in our Summer Ocean Camp, to help clean up the beach at Olowalu on Wednesday

If you have a favorite beach you’d like to clean up for World Oceans Day, or on your own schedule, stop by PWF's offices in Ma'alaea to pick up a free volunteer kit, including gloves, trash bags, instructions and data sheets. The data you collect will help our researchers monitor marine debris along Maui's coastline. Plus, you’ll get a free canvas tote when you return.

You can also enjoy a "Whale of a Sale" at our Ocean Store in the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops and at 612 Front Street in Lahaina. Selected merchandise is 50% off or buy one get one free. Some items are priced as low as one dollar! These special offers are available now through World Oceans Day. All Ocean Store purchases support Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and conservation programs.

The theme for this year's World Oceans Day is “Our Oceans, Our Future” and focuses on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and marine debris. Pacific Whale Foundation has been at the vanguard of this issue for many years. We routinely collect and monitor marine debris as part of our research and conservation projects. We also provide year-round volunteer opportunities to those interested in protecting Maui's natural resources. Recently, PWF was awarded a grant by the NOAA Marine Debris Program to help educate the community about keeping Maui's beaches and parks free of tobacco litter.

Here's to Our Oceans, Our Future!

10 Things You Can Do To Save Ocean Life

1. Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Bubbles. Thousands of people enjoy Maui’s underwater world every day. To preserve this natural treasure and marine organisms, do not take anything from the ocean. Avoid purchasing mass-produced items made with shells or coral.

2. Swim Don’t Stand. Corals are delicate living organisms. Refrain from standing on or kicking the reefs as this can easily kill the coral. Damaging just one square inch of coral could mean undoing hundreds of years of growth.

3. Don’t Feed the Fish. It disrupts the delicate balance of the ocean and encourages unnatural fish behavior.

4. Ten Feet to a Turtle. Sea turtles are shy, air-breathing reptiles and it is illegal to harass them. Enjoy them from a distance of at least 10 feet and be sure not to block the path of a surfacing turtle.

5. Butts Off the Beach. Smoking on Maui beaches is against the law. In addition, cigarette filters are deadly to marine animals that mistake them for food. Pick up any discarded cigarette butts you find on the beach.

6. Stow It, Don’t Throw It. Participate in beach clean-ups and other volunteer activities to help keep debris from entering the ocean. Properly dispose of your garbage and any other trash you encounter.

7. Choose Sustainable Seafood. Ask grocery stores and restaurants about the source of their seafood. Choose seafood that is caught using eco-friendly methods, like pole fishing or trolling. In Hawaii, opt for locally caught ‘ahi, aku, ono or mahi mahi. Use Seafood Watch or other sustainable seafood guide as a reference.

8. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Encourage recycling services in your area or find the nearest recycling center for your items. Buy fewer disposable items and choose items with less packaging. Compost your yard and food waste. Avoid Styrofoam products.

9. Buy Local. Support local businesses that are conservation oriented and source their products locally and sustainably. 

10. Be Water Wise. Fresh water is a precious resource in Hawaii and worldwide. Be a conscientious user and take shorter showers, turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, choose drought-resistant plants, and water your lawn at dawn or dusk.