Assessing fish habitat and population dynamics of fisheries resources
Throughout Hawaii, fishponds are considered by their local communities as important cultural touchstones, a source of local, sustainably produced food, and an important component to the development of community-based management for nearshore fisheries. Within Kaloko Honokōhau National Historic Park, the restoration of Kaloko Fishpond for traditional aquaculture management is an immediate goal of the NPS and an eager, dedicated community group. This project intends to investigate the ecology of Kaloko Fishpond, particularly as it pertains to the population dynamics of its fish species and fish-habitat quality. Results can be used to adapt traditional pond management practices to restore and manage Kaloko Fishpond.