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DLNR MEDIA ADVISORY: Maui shark behavior study released

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Latest Department News

A nearly two-year long tagging and tracking study of tiger sharks off Maui and Oahu provides new information regarding shark behavior around the Valley Island. The study by a team of researchers from the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), was commissioned by the Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources in 2013, after a spike in shark bite incidents on Maui in 2012 and 2013, which tapered off somewhat in 2014.  Additional support and funding was provided by the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS).


News conference and presentation


May 19, 2016

11:00 a.m.


Board of Land and Natural Resources boardroom, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu

(Neighbor Island media interested in participating via WebEx, please contact Joshua Mapanao at 587-0418 by COB on May 18, 2016)


  • Dr. Carl Meyer, Principal Investigator, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
  • Dr. Bruce Anderson, Administrator, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources
  • Melissa Iwamoto, Director, Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System


Video and photographs of tagging and lab research will be available for distribution.

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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

Office of the Chairperson

1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 131

Honolulu, HI 96813

(808) 587-0407

[email protected]