Despite the fact that all species of sea turtle appear on the endangered species list, Hawaii is considering reopening the hunt for green sea turtles. Although Hawaii is host to the largest marine protected areas in the United States, coral can still be purchased at gift shops throughout the state in spite of the fact that coral reef ecosystems around the world are imperiled. Hawaii was among the first to ban shark fin products and use of plastic bags in stores; so why the dichotomy in these positions on turtles, coral, and sharks?
Over winter break, SUST adjunct professor Michele Hoffman Trotter, who teaches SUST 210 The Sustainable Future and 340 Policy, Law, & Ethics at the Chicago Campus, will travel to Hawaii where she will engage members of various marine conservation organizations to learn about the status of marine life protection, and find out what concerned citizens can do to promote their work. Hoffman Trotter will present her findings at Our World Underwater Dive and Travel Exposition, which will be held February 15-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
Using her unique brand of storytelling and underwater photography, Hoffman Trotter hopes to bring attention to the plight of coral reef sustainability and inspire the dive community to take action. The February Expo is open to the public, and tickets are available here.