Preservation of both our unique ocean resources and our economy means fostering ocean awareness in our population who otherwise might not realize their own role in the long-term stewardship of Hawaii’s natural resources. The Ocean Awareness Training
program is an effort initiated by a consortium of ocean conservation organizations, and coordinated by the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. This special training program which provides multidisciplinary knowledge of Hawaii’s unique marine environment is currently offered on the islands of Oahu and Maui. Participants are required to take part in all training sessions (~15 hours of instruction), and a three-hour field project in order to receive C.O.R.A.L. certification (Care of our Culture, Oceans, Reefs and Animal Life). Training topics include marine ecology of the Hawaiian Islands, protected species, threats to coastal and marine environments, marine life identification and more. COSEE Island Earth has been a proud collaborator in this program.