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Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaiian Islands

Author(s): Costa, B.M. and M.S. Kendall (eds.)

NCCOS Center: CCMA

Center Team: Biogeography

Name of Publisher: NOAA

Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD

Publication Type: NOAA Technical Memoranda

Date of Publication: 2016

Reference Information: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 214

Extent of Work: 359 pp.

Abstract: The state of Hawai‘i is working to develop local renewable energy sources to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Most of the State’s potential renewable energy resources (notably, wind) are located in federal waters from 3 to 200 nm offshore. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulates the leasing, construction and operation of most renewable energy projects in federal waters. This regulatory responsibility requires BOEM to assess potential impacts of renewable energy development on the human, marine and coastal environments. BOEM funded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to characterize the marine biogeography around the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). This assessment describes the physical and biological environment and the spatial distributions of benthic communities, fishes, turtles, mammals and seabirds around the islands. The report and products generated during this assessment were designed to help BOEM evaluate future offshore renewable energy proposals. Chapter one sets the stage for this assessment by describing the reasons for conducting this work, introducing the biogeographic assessment process, describing its implementation in the MHI and outlining the contents of this report.

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