Monthly Archives: June 2014

Monk seal team visits Nihoa

Photos and post by Siri Hakala June 23 Yesterday morning there was a knock on our stateroom door. Jessie Lopez (Chief Scientist) and Charles Littnan (Lead of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program) were inviting me to join the crew … Continue reading

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First monk seal camp deployed at French Frigate Shoals

Photos and post by Siri Hakala  Two days ago we deployed the first camp. 612 gallons of water, 550 gallons of gasoline, 12 60lb cylinders of propane, 3 canvas tents, multiple buckets of quarantined clothing, ~100 buckets of non-perishable food … Continue reading

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Cetacean Surveys of the Southern Mariana Islands: Saipan, Tinian, and Aguijan (May 30-June 14, 2014)

by Marie Hill, Andrea Bendlin, Allan Ligon, and Adam Ü During the 14 days that we spent on the water surrounding Saipan, Tinian, and Aguijan, we surveyed over 1500km of trackline. We had 13 encounters with 5 different cetacean species … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program returns to the NWHI

We’re three days into a 26-day journey to drop off 14 field campers for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP). The field staff will camp on remote atolls until September, taking daily surveys/censuses of the seals, marking them with … Continue reading

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Small Boat, Little Room, Big Water: Deploying BRUV’s on an AVON on the Outside Reef at French Frigate Shoals

From May 19 to May 31, 2014 the non-profit research vessel Searcher brought small boat coxswain Jamie Barlow, cruise lead Jake Asher and PIRO employee Emily Crigler to French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. They worked as if … Continue reading

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NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette tied up in Saipan

June 16th saw the much anticipated arrival of the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette. The Sette was originally scheduled to arrive in Apra Harbor, Guam May 14th. However, it was delayed a month due to engineering issues. As a result … Continue reading

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