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MOVEMENTS AND HABITAT-USE OF BREEDING SEABIRDS IN THE KAʻIEʻIE WAHO CHANNEL SEPARATING THE ISLANDS OF KAUAʻI AND OʻAHU

Released: 2016
Citation:
Adams, J, Felis, JJ, Henry, RW, VanderWerf, E, Hester, MH, Young, L, Raine, A, Uyehara, K. 2016. MOVEMENTS AND HABITAT-USE OF BREEDING SEABIRDS IN THE KAʻIEʻIE WAHO CHANNEL SEPARATING THE ISLANDS OF KAUAʻI AND OʻAHU. 43rd Annual Meeting Pacific Seabird Group, Oahu HI. 10-13 February 2016

In 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) received two unsolicited lease requests from AW Hawaiʻi Wind, LLC (AWH): the Oʻahu Northwest Project and the Oʻahu South Project in the Kaʻieʻie Waho Channel separating the islands of Kauaʻi and Oʻahu. Each project proposes an offshore wind facility with a capacity of 408 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy generated by 51 floating 8 MW wind turbines. Several important seabird colonies are located adjacent to the channel and the sea surrounding is frequented by a diverse seabird community that includes three Federal and Hawaiian State listed species. To gather new information about the at-sea behaviors and marine habitat during 2013 – 15, we deployed GPS loggers and satellite transmitters on six seabird species on Kauaʻi and Oʻahu. We evaluate movements and area-use patterns among this assemblage of seabirds within and beyond BOEM lease blocks, proposed AWH wind energy areas aliquots, and the near-island (100 km) areas surrounding Kauaʻi and Oʻahu.


This product is associated with the following project:
Seabird Vulnerability Assessment for Renewable Energy Projects

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