The West Hawaii Integrated Ecosystem Assessment builds relationships with State and Federal agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental, non-profit and community organizations to conduct science that meets resource management needs. Here are some of the key collaborators and partners supporting efforts in the region:

State of Hawai‘i Division of Aquatic Resources
Responsible for managing, conserving, and restoring the State’s unique aquatic resources and ecosystems for present and future generations through programs in ecosystem management, place-based management, and fisheries management.

West Hawai‘i Fishery Council
Serves as advisory body per legislative mandate to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to provide for substantive involvement of the community in resource management decisions and encourage scientific research and monitoring of the nearshore resources and environment from Upolu Point to Ka Lae.

The Nature Conservancy - Hawai‘i
Works to gather, apply, and share knowledge about Hawaii’s marine resources in partnership with researchers, community groups, fishermen, and others committed to understanding and improving management of Hawaii’s reefs and fisheries.

Conservation International - Hawai‘i
Focused on work that merges traditional knowledge with Western science, conservation tools and strategies for changing how communities and businesses value local, sustainable seafood.

West Hawai‘i Habitat Focus Area
Aims to increase the effectiveness of NOAA’s efforts to improve habitat conditions for fisheries, coastal and marine life, along with other economic, cultural, and environmental benefits our society needs and enjoys.

University of Hawai‘i
The University of Hawai‘i is a key collaborator focused on integrated and comprehensive research of Earth and planetary observations, working to transform the way people live on Earth by enabling a healthy public, economy, and planet.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 100 Island Challenge
The 100 Island Challenge is a collaborative effort lead by the Sandin Lab investigating the independent and interacting effects of oceanography, geography, and human activities in affecting the structure and growth of coral reef communities.

Center for Global Diversity and Conservation Science at ASU
GDCS leads spatially-explicit scientific and technological research focused on mitigating and adapting to global environmental change. The Center’s mission is to generate innovative scientific discoveries and outcomes that benefit conservation, resource management, and policy efforts

Human-land-sea connections are relationships that are mutually beneficial and sustainable. SymbioSeas seeks to develop these relationships through scientist-manager-community collaborations that connect managers to science and people to the environment.

Scripps School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University
The interactions of marine organisms with their environment is a key research topic in the School of Ocean Sciences. Specific focus areas include understanding how human activities and natural biophysical gradients interact to drive community patterns across multiple trophic levels (microbes to sharks) and spatial scales (individual coral reefs to entire ocean basins).