Trilogy Excursions teams up with the Surfrider Foundation and they are committed to cleaning up 12 reefs in 12 months. The wonderful thing about this event is that is that all the crew volunteer their time, on the first Sunday of every month. The cost is $20 for the morning and all proceeds go to non-profit organizations.
|Julie having breakfast|
|Talk by Barbara from the Human Dolphin Foundation|
|Flo and I with our sample bottles|
|Flo doing the turbidity test|
|Jeep with the fish count survey|
Marine biologist Cynthia Matzke, a Trilogy crew member and strong supporter of the campaign, thanked us all for coming and reiterated the day's theme of how we as citizen scientists can do so much to help save our oceans.
On the way out to sea, Captain Chris asked us to look out for a whale which had been entangled with fishing line. I had seen the photo in the Maui news and unfortunately attempts to free the whale had failed.
We saw lots of whales breaching and swimming, but did not find the one in trouble.
Finally the ship stopped in a little cove where we were to do the reef clean up. There were quite a few people fishing from the shore, and we just hoped that they were responsible citizens, especially after we were about to see for ourselves how careless humans are harming our oceans.
|Some of the debris taken off the reef|
|Julie cutting fishing wire from the reef|
The lunch was provided at no cost by Beach Bums Bar and Grill in Maalaea. It was a delicious pulled pork on a bun, served with salad and a huge platter of fruit. Needless to say, when we came back into the harbor we shouted out a huge Mahalo in the direction of Beach Bums.
I found the experience extremely educational, and I definitely will turn out again to help. It was heart warming to meet so many people who are concerned about saving our oceans and the animals that live there.
February is Humpback Whale Month and a great time to get involved and learn more about these magnificent mammals. If you are interested in taking in some of the talks and activities for both adults and kids go to the events calendar for dates and times.
If you want to be part of the Blue Aina Campaign you can reserve online at the Trilogy Website. Trilogy II leaves Maalaea Harbor at 8:30 AM on the first Sunday of every month and comes back in around noon.