SE-14-02 Fishing Community Outreach: MHI Comparison of Fishery-Independent Sampling Methods Project

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On April 12, 2014 the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette hosted an open house to focus on the efforts of our cooperative research partners to further the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s efforts to continually improve abundance estimates for stock assessment. Twenty guests from the Maui Fishers and Pacific Islands Fisheries Group (PIFG) attended the open house. Over the past five years, the efforts by the PIFG have been instrumental in providing data collected through cooperative research fishing, which allow other fishery-independent methods to be calibrated against the commercial fishery.

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Open house guests joined the Sette by small boat from Lahaina Harbor. The day was spent enjoying conversations with guests about the various research projects and how we continue to work together. The galley crew provided a delicious lunch for our guests. After lunch, the AUV Team demonstrated the launch and recovery of their Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) by conducting an abbreviated sampling mission. During the mission, the team shared video footage from prior deployments. At the end of the day, open house guests returned to Lahaina Harbor by small boat.

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Many thanks go to the Sette Officers, Crew and Scientists for showcasing the ship, giving ship tours to guests, hosting an excellent lunch and presenting their research! Many thanks also go to Jamie Barlow and Clay Tam for coordinating our guest’s participation and transportation to Lahina for the open house and research during this cruise! The greatest thanks go to the PIFG and our other partners within the commercial fishing community. Without their continued efforts and support, these valuable research efforts could not continue.

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