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DOCARE officials to discuss using technology for better natural resource protection

By Staff | Oct 12, 2020

The Ridge to Reef Rendezvous Keiki Catch and Release Fishing Tournament is a popular event. This year’s activities include an online scavenger hunt and trivia contest with great prizes. PHOTOS BY ANANDA STONE FOR WEST MAUI KUMUWAI.

WEST MAUI — On Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m., join the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative partners online for a free presentation, “Using technology for better natural resource protection: Community role and outcomes of supporting DOCARE officer response in West Maui” presented by Kirk Deitschman and Cole Hendrickson of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE).

It is free for anyone to participate; a link to register can be found on West Maui Kumuwai’s website and Facebook page. Registrants will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

DOCARE utilizes its DLNRTip App for community reporting of perceived violations, which enhances the eyes and ears of the division. For the Kaanapali-Kahekili Makai Watch Area, DOCARE will present on the rules of the area, how to best provide tips using these rules, and analyses generated from tip app and DOCARE report data.

This event is part of the October-long, all-virtual “Ridge to Reef Rendez-VIEW,” which will include additional evening Zoom presentations on a variety of topics, a month of featuring the Ridge to Reef partners and their work on social media, and the opportunity to win great prizes via an online scavenger hunt and trivia contest.

For more information, visit West Maui Kumuwai’s website (www.WestMauiKumuwai.org/R2RR2020) or Facebook page, e-mail WestMauiKumuwai@gmail.com or call (808) 283-1631. Grant support for these events has been provided by the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources and the Doolin Foundation for Biodiversity.