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Friday, 10 May 2013

Dr. Michael Hadfield, KML Researcher, Speaks Out Against Proposed Military Training Site

Dr. Michael Hadfield, professor at Kewalo Marine Lab, wrote an editorial for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (May 8, 2013) speaking out against the proposed U.S. military's live-fire training sites on Tinian and Pagan Islands in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  The U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific announced its preparations for an Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement of the potential effects on the proposed site.  Hadfield cited concerns for the Chamorro people who still reside there, as well as for the native animals found on the islands, including the endangered Micronesian Megapode and Mariana fruit bat.  In particular, Hadfield mentioned the rare tree-snail, Partula gibba, which they found on Pagan Island during a survey of the island in 2010.  Hadfield is known for his extensive work on the conservation biology of the endangered Hawaiian tree-snail.