Tern Island HawaiiTerns Island Hawaii
Papah?naumoku?kea Papah?naumoku?kea Tarn-Iceland (French frigate shoals)
The Tern Island is one of the atols in K?nemiloha?i'i'i (French Flocks of Frigates). Find out more about its unrivalled ecosystems and nature reserve in this history from N???lehu Anthony. More information about Tern Island: A ??iwi TV movie crews signed up for a research ship in September 2012 to record Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument.
Only very few humans have direct contact with this area and can experience first-hand the wealth of wild animals and culture throughout the island group. With the videos, images and tales sent back by the ??iwi TV team, everyone will have the opportunity to see and get to know this astonishing place.
TV ??iwi spans across multiple ages, socio-economic conditions and geographical areas as the only place where the Malawian audio-visual world thrives. Via Digital Channel 326, ??iwi TV via the Oceanic Time Warner Cable distribution system can reach over 220,000 homes across the state. With its website, as well as its cell phone and online networks, ??iwi TV targets Hawaiians everywhere and engages a whole family of Hawaiians who want them to have anywhere, at any time.
Historical step towards Superfund Designation could rescue the animal world of the oceans from pollution by Hawaii.
The Environmental Protection Agency today published an evaluation that documents the risk of exposure of wild animals on Tern Island in northwestern Hawaii - an important discovery that will help Tern Island to become a potentially superfund site, an area of hazardous waste selected for cleaning by the United States.
It is the first year that the company is considering using the Superfund programme to target a plastics contamination area. EPA's inquiry came as a follow-up to a petition filed by the Centre in 2012 calling on the EPA to carry out a provisional evaluation of the north-western Hawaii islands and part of the huge Pacific Garbage Patch in the US.
The EPA declared in November 2013 its readiness to carry out a provisional evaluation to assess the risks to human and animal safety, well-being or the natural habitat caused by plastics contamination and to establish whether further investigations under the Superfund are justified. The EPA concludes in a recent EPA publication that the accumulation of microplastics in the maritime ecosystem can enter the human nutrition supply pipeline.
Billion pound of plastics - among them food pouches, soda pots, toy containers and straw - are found in the world's seas and pose a serious threat to the lives of almost 300 species of seafood. Hawaii's northwestern islands, whose coral cliffs and shore are flooded with plastics, have long been a haven for sealife.
Declared the Papahanaumokuakea National Monument in 2006, it is a 1,200 mile long string of dispersed archipelagos and sea creatures hosting more than 7,000 sea creatures, a fourth of which can't be found anywhere else on earth. Tarn-Iceland and its neighbouring avocet, the French frigate shoals, are described as a crucial home for Hwaiian black seal, whose overall populations on the North West Isles are constantly decreasing.
It is an important site for the biggest brood-colony in this species and is facing a decline in habitats due to climatic changes and the predicted increase in marine levels. It is also a nest for 95 per cent of endangered Hawaii' tropical turtle population. The Tern Island is the biggest in the Atlantic Ocean and is home to 18 different marine bird populations, most of them in the northwestern Hawaii islands within the subtropical convergence zone of the North Pacific.
There is a high level of maritime waste, which includes plastic, from the world.