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DLNR info meeting on Manta Ray viewing rules rescheduled to Saturday (Sept 24)

A public information meeting planned this weekend to discuss new, proposed rules for the Makako Bay and Keauhou manta ray viewing sites has been rescheduled due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Lester.

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Manta learning center opens at Sheraton

MEDIA RELEASE Hahalua (manta ray), those gentle giants of the open ocean with wing spans up to 16-feet, are celebrated at Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona as they make their nightly appearance just offshore. Manta rays – not to be confused with sting or eagle rays – feed on plankton that gather […]

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Fair Wind videographer records underwater manta courtship

Fair Wind videographer records underwater manta courtship

MEDIA RELEASE A manta ray known to frequent the waters in and around Keauhou Bay and fondly called “Big Bertha” recently gave birth. Progress during her 13-month long gestation period has been chronicled by Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides’ videographer James L. Wing. To watch Big Bertha’s courtship by two male suitors and her […]

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Free manta talks at Sheraton Keauhou

Free manta talks at Sheraton Keauhou

MEDIA RELEASE For nearly two years now Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides have quietly been educating hundreds of people each week during free “Manta Talks” held at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa’s manta viewing area. Sometimes as few as a dozen but more often as many as 50 people gather just after sunset […]

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Wing named official Hula Kai underwater videographer

Wing named official Hula Kai underwater videographer

MEDIA RELEASE Big Island Ocean Guides has announced the appointment of James Wing as the official Hula Kai underwater videographer. Marine photographer Wing, known locally as the “Manta Man,” brings two decades of manta ray and scuba diving experience along the Kona Coast. Wing’s work has been prominently featured in the New York Times, New […]

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Manta ray protection bill becomes law

Manta ray protection bill becomes law

  Courtesy of hawaiihouseblog.blogspot.com Gov. Linda Lingle has signed a bill into law protecting Manta Rays within state marine waters.  Rep. Denny Coffman (District 6 – North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau) introduced the bill as a way to ensure these sea creatures, captured and in demand for various uses, do not become endangered in Hawaii. […]

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Legislative update from Rep. Coffman

Legislative update from Rep. Coffman

Rep. Denny Coffman, of Kona, has issued an update from his Honolulu office: I am happy to report that our Manta Ray Bill has passed its final vote (3rd Reading) in the House and it is now in the Senate for review and approval.The Manta Ray Bill (HB366) creates administrative penalties for any person who […]

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Update from Rep. Coffman

Update from Rep. Coffman

In his latest e-newsletter, Rep. Denny Coffman said: I am happy to report that our Manta Ray Bill has passed through its final committee and it is moving on to the chamber floor for a full vote by the House of Representatives. The Manta Ray Bill (HB366) creates administrative penalties for any person who captures […]

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Manta Ray Protection Bills Introduced into the Hawaiian House and Senate - Testimony needed ASAP

Manta Ray Protection Bills Introduced into the Hawaiian House and Senate – Testimony needed ASAP

By Manta Pacific Research Foundation Honolulu, HAWAII – January 29, 2009 Two bills have been introduced into the Hawaiian Legislature for manta ray protection in the state – one each in the House and the Sentate. House Bill 366, stating that “no person shall knowingly capture or kill a manta ray within state marine waters”, […]

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Reef Talk: Hawaii’s irreplaceable manta rays

MEDIA RELEASE Dr. Tim Clark, a researcher from the University of Hawaii, will present new information about Kona’s manta rays’ life history including daily foraging habits, why manta rays are attracted to popular Kona coast dive sites and why this and other discrete ray populations are in peril.  Efforts to protect manta rays in Hawaii […]

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