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The Matson Foundation Proudly Supports the Fish Reef Project
Matson Navigation Company has been serving Hawaii since 1882 and is recognized throughout the state as the Islands’ premier ocean carrier. Matson Navigation Company, Inc. is, and has been, focused on the preservation of the environment and the health of the communities in the ports our vessels serve. Matson vessels transit some of the most environmentally sensitive areas in the United States including the Hawaiian Islands, the coast of California, and the Puget Sound. These areas derive a great deal of their livelihood from the maritime environment, either from tourism, transportation, or fishing. Matson acknowledges and embraces our responsibility as a steward of these areas, and ensures the inclusion of environmental considerations in all of our planning. Matson is proud to have twice been awarded the U. S. Coast Guard’s prestigious William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence.
One of Matson’s core values is to contribute positively to the communities in which we work and live. It is a value our employees have generously demonstrated throughout our long, rich history, and one characterized by community service and outreach. Whether in Hilo, Hawaii or Oakland, California or Savannah, Georgia, our employees have guided our corporate giving efforts to a diverse range of causes. While we were able to show our support in 2014 for 646 organizations that reflect the broad geographic presence of our employees, being a Hawaii-based corporation which has served the Islands for over 130 years, most of our giving was directed to this state. In total, we contributed $1.8 million in cash and $140,000 of in-kind support. This includes two special environmental partnership programs in Hawaii and Guam, Ka Ipu ‘Aina and Adahi I Tano’, respectively. Since its inception in 2001, Ka Ipu ‘Aina has generated over 1,000 environmental clean-up projects in Hawaii and contributed over $1 million to Hawaii’s charities, including the Hawaii Fish Reef Project.
Fish Reef Project and the Reef Ball Foundation had a splash success at the recent Maritime Alliance summit in San Diego – Reef Ball president, Todd Barber, and Fish Reef Project director, Chris Goldblatt, had a booth and presented slide shows. Support from all sides for making new reefs made a strong showing, including the city and port. San Diego is getting ready to accept larger change in their waters and wants to improve what they call the “Blue Tech Sector” – and Fish Reef Project fits right in!
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation has agreed to place 4 balls on their enclosed exhibit near the lagoon.
Also, Local School teachers teachers, Gina Woodard, and Lisa Bertoson have rallied grass roots support to build a reef off of Imperial Beach. An Imperial Beach reef is ideally located to provide vital study opportunity for their amazing and determined students.
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