West Hawai’i Voluntary Standards for Marine Tourism

The following documents were created by the West Hawaii community, with assistance from CORAL, to provide guidelines for marine tourism in West Hawaii.

Scuba and Snorkeling
General Boating
Wildlife Interactions
Shoreline Activities

Scuba and Snorkeling

Abstract
This voluntary standard specifies standards for environmental performance, conservation practices and operational safety that enhance SCUBA diving (including SNUBA diving) and snorkeling activities while minimizing environmental impacts of recreational usage on fragile marine ecosystems in the waters of West Hawaii, particularly near-shore coral reefs, related coastal environments and impacts on marine species such as cetaceans, turtles, monk seals, and other animals.

Voluntary Standard for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Activities in West Hawaii Waters (PDF 261 KB)

General Boating

Abstract
This voluntary standard specifies standards for environmental performance, conservation practices, and operational safety that enhance marine recreational activities while minimizing environmental impact of boating operations on fragile marine ecosystems, fish and whales in the waters of West Hawaii, particularly near coral reefs, related coastal environments and impacts on marine species such as cetaceans, turtles, monk seals and other animals.

Voluntary Standard for Recreational Boat Operations in West Hawaii Waters (PDF 257 KB)

Wildlife Interactions

Abstract
This voluntary standard specifies standards for environmental performance, conservation practices and operational safety that enhance wildlife viewing activities while minimizing environmental impacts of recreational usage on fragile marine ecosystems in the waters of West Hawaii, particularly near-shore coral reefs, related coastal environments and impacts on marine species such as cetaceans, turtles, monk seals, and other animals.

Voluntary Standard for Recreational Wildlife Interactions in West Hawaii Waters (PDF 1.7 MB)

Shoreline Activities

Abstract
This voluntary standard specifies standards for environmental performance, conservation practices, and operational safety that enhance shoreline marine recreational activities while minimizing environmental impact of such activities, such as tidepooling and swimming, on fragile marine ecosystems, fish and whales in the waters of West Hawaii, particularly near coral reefs, related coastal environments and impacts on marine species such as cetaceans, turtles, monk seals and other animals.

Standard Requirements for Recreational Shoreline Activities Such as Tidepooling and Swimming in Hawaiian Waters (PDF 154 KB)

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These standards were developed by community members within West Hawaii representing key interest groups with the assistance of the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) and the West Hawaii Standards Taskforce (WHST). WHST and CORAL disclaim all liability for their use, application, or adaptation. These standards are subject to revision at any time and must be reviewed every five years and, if not revised, either reaffirmed or withdrawn.