Maui Nui Marine Resource Council Inc

Our vision: healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water, abundant native fish

Kahului, HI   |  www.mauireefs.org

Mission

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council works for clean ocean water, healthy coral reefs and an abundance of native fish for the islands of Maui County. Our mission is to bring human actions into balance with ecological principles so that the health and abundance of Maui’s nearshore waters can be restored and sustained for future generations.

Ruling year info

2015

Chair

Robin Newbold

Main address

PO Box 331204

Kahului, HI 96733 USA

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EIN

47-2509441

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is working to reverse the decline in the health of coral reefs for the islands of Maui County (Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi). The health of our coral reefs is inextricably linked to our local tourism-based economy and the overall well-being of our entire community. In addition to providing recreation and food, our coral reefs also help to prevent shoreline erosion and beach loss. Twenty-five percent of the marine species living on Hawai‘i’s coral reefs are found nowhere else in the world (Friedlander et al., 2008). However, Maui’s coral reefs are in serious trouble. During the past two decades, nearly one-quarter of Maui’s corals have been lost, with half of Maui’s reef sites currently experiencing declining health. The largest declines have been observed on reefs adjacent to residential centers and agricultural lands where on average the percent of living coral at sites has dropped from more than 30– 50% in 1993, to less than 5–10% today. As the amount

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hui O Ka Wai Ola Water Quality Testng Program

Clean ocean water is essential for healthy coral reefs. It’s also important to visitors and residents who enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving, paddling, fishing and surfing along Maui’s coasts.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is proud to be a major partner in an innovative community-based water quality monitoring program called Hui O Ka Wai Ola (Association of Living Waters).

Hui O Ka Wai Ola is a community-based program that works with more than 50 volunteers, to regularly gather additional data about sediment, nutrients in the water, temperature, pH and more at 39 locations along Mauiʻs south and west shores. We believe this data will allow for more effective management of our nearshore waters and ultimately, healthier coral reefs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Councilʻs goals are clean ocean water, healthy coral reefs, and an abundance of native fish for the islands of Maui County.

Celebrating 11 years, Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is a respected Maui-based nonprofit organization recognized for our ability to work in partnership with the community toward our goals. Many problems facing Maui County's local reefs originate on land, which is why our projects and programs are community-based and work from mountains (mauka) to sea (makai).

We bring together a broad base of the community to work with us, including ocean-users (fishers, divers, snorkelers, swimmers, beach-goers and commercial operators), individuals, organizations, property owners, as well as local, state and national government.

Working with current scientific data and acting in concert with traditional Hawaiian values, we develop and implement effective, science-based solutions to challenging environmental problems.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council has built many long-lasting, solid connections with local marine biologists, wildlife management experts, government agencies, local businesses, other nonprofits, volunteers and others.

We have a strong, all-volunteer board, who routinely donate their time, talent, and treasure, playing an integral part in achieving the goals of our Annual and Multi-Year Strategic Plans.

Our staff includes a full time Executive Director (volunteer), a full time General Manager, a full time Programs Manager, and a part-time Communications, Community Outreach and Development Manager.

Over 11 years, we have repeatedly demonstrated to grant makers, including State, County and Federal grant making agencies, that we are fiscally responsible and reliable. We have more than 40 regular volunteers, most of whom actively participate in your year-round ocean water quality monitoring program.

In 2010, Maui Nui Marine Resource Council brought sixteen of Hawai’i’s most widely recognized coral reef management experts, scientific researchers and community representatives to Maui to form the Maui Coral Recovery Team. We were responding to the well-documented decline of important reef sites on Maui over a period of 20 years. We knew that unless bold action was taken, Mauiʻs precious reef ecosystems could collapse. The creation of the Maui Coral Recovery Team was the first time such a large group of coral reef experts from throughout the State were brought together to share findings, data and recommendations about Mauiʻs reefs. Maui Coral Recovery Team members enthusiastically volunteered their time to participate in collaborative all-day workshops on Maui to assess the threats that negatively impact the health of Maui’s coral reefs.

This team set to work to develop a protection and restoration plan for Maui County’s reefs — a framework to guide local actions to improve reef health, water quality and native fish populations.

Over a period of years, from 2010 to 2012, the team met repeatedly and focused its considerable experience and knowledge to develop a science-based, results-driven recovery plan. They shared the plan with the community and scientific peers for their input and review.

The process concluded with the publication of the Maui Coral Recovery Plan, a comprehensive 101-page document that provides recommendations on priority recovery sites and restoration strategies, including cultural and traditional management and partner/community engagement.

In 2015, the Maui Coral Recovery Team authored the comprehensive report Maui’s Coral Reefs: Declining Trends 1993-2015 and presented it to the Maui County Council Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee. The goal was to provide local lawmakers with information on the severity of the decline of Mauiʻs corals and fish populations and to encourage laws and funding to protect our near shore waters.

The Maui Coral Recovery Plan guides the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council in our work to restore healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and abundant native fish to the islands of Maui County. Since 2012, the Maui Coral Recovery Team has met annually to evaluate and guide the progress made on the Maui Coral Recovery Plan and to advise Maui Nui Marine Resource Council on additional actions that are needed to support the recovery of Mauiʻs coral reefs.

In 2015, to support the Maui Coral Recovery Planʻs stated goals for clean ocean water, we co-launched Hui O Ka Wai Ola (Association of Living Waters), a unique citizen-based ocean water quality testing program that delivers quality-assured data to the State of Hawaii Department of Health, and is distributed via the Department of Health to County and State agencies and the EPA. The program has grown steadily over the years. We currently test 39 locations along Mauiʻs south and west shorelines every three weeks with a team of 40 volunte

Financials

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Maui Nui Marine Resource Council Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robin Newbold

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council

Larry Stevens

Lucienne De Naie

Mike Fogarty

Christina Lizzi

Jim Maxwell

Ekolu Lindsey

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/18/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.