|Kalani Vierra, organizer of Kaʻū Multicultural Society pig hunting competitions, is out with his|
dogs to catch a pig. Photo from Kalani Vierra
WILD PIGS, THEIR VALUE AND THEIR RISK is the subject of a University of Hawai'i study on their impact and cultural importance in these islands. "Wild pigs, Sus scrofa, one of the most widely distributed mammals on the planet, have gained notoriety in recent decades due to their devastating impacts to agricultural crops and threats to species of conservation concern," says the U.H. report, which calls for cooperation between hunters, farmers and natural resource managers.
In Kaʻū, pig hunting is popular as a sport and for local family food security. It is a practice supported by the Kaʻū Multicultural Society which hosts pig hunting events. It is also considered by many as a way to keep the population of wild pigs under control.
Findings of a team of researchers from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University highlight concerns about impacts of wild pigs on global biodiversity, particularly on islands and to species that often receive less global conservation attention, such as plants, reptiles and amphibians. The findings were published in Scientific Reports in Nature.com.
Kaʻū's forests are full of wild pigs. A UH study says hunters, farmers and natural resource managers should work together
toward collaborative solutions to manage them. Photo from UH
Wild pigs are unique among other species since they are herbivores, top predators, and ecosystem engineers, modifying ecosystems by digging and rooting,” said lead author Derek Risch, a wildlife spatial planner in the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Ecology Lab, who recently graduated from CTAHR’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. We found that in addition to the over 300 plant species threatened by wild pigs globally, wild pigs actively predate and destroy critical nesting sites for hundreds of threatened and endangered reptiles, amphibians and birds.” The findings of this research also highlight the geographical differences in species threatened by wild pigs around the globe.“Polynesia was the most threatened region globally with nearly 20% of all species impacted by wild pigs,” said Melissa Price, a CTAHR assistant professor who runs the Wildlife Ecology Lab and co-author of this study. “Since wild pigs are valued by local residents for hunting and food security, this highlights the importance of working together with hunters, farmers, and natural resource managers to identify collaborative solutions to manage wild pigs. ”
Also see How feral pigs impact Hawai‘i’s forest ecosystems and Alien species threatens dramatic biodiversity loss by 2050.
|Microgrids can provide electricity independently from the|
power company during regional power outages. NPR image
According to Hawaiian Electric, approval of the tariff will allow more microgrids to be used in emergencies by enabling customers to participate in or develop hybrid microgrids. Hybrid microgrids include utility and non-utility assets within a microgrid boundary, which until now would have been initiated and developed only by the utility.
“The commission’s approval of the first stage of a microgrid services tariff underscores the importance of these technically advanced systems. They’ll provide more choices for customers and help Hawai‘i reach 100% renewable energy by 2045 with a grid that provides reliability and resilience for all,” said Ken Aramaki, Hawaiian Electric director of transmission and distribution and interconnection planning.
The PUC decision tees up issues to be tackled in a second phase of the rulemaking process, including how the tariff meshes with customer energy programs, power purchase agreement models and harmonizing compensation with other grid service mechanisms. The U.S. Department of Energy defines a microgrid
|Solar from rooftops connected by a microgrid can|
provide security for electricity in a neighborhood.
Photo from Hawai`i Business Magazine
In 2018, the Hawai‘i Legislature passed Act 200 directing development of microgrids to increase resilience and reliability by providing services to the electric grid including energy storage, demand response and other ancillary services. What followed was a methodical working-group process including Hawaiian Electric and stakeholders to define the technical terms so microgrids can serve both individual customers and the public interest for all customers.
"Hawaiian Electric will leverage the expertise of the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute, DOE and national energy labs to advance clean energy solutions and improve resilience," says a statement from the company. See more on microgrids in Hawai`i Business Magazine at https://www.hawaiibusiness.com/microgrids/
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