Monthly Archives: February 2015

Scientists complete coral reef ecosystem monitoring work around the U.S. Phoenix Islands

By Kelvin Gorospe The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s (PIFSC) Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) recently completed the Phoenix Islands portion of their Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP) research cruise. The areas they surveyed included: Johnston Atoll, … Continue reading

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Hawaii small boat socioeconomic survey receives high response from fishing community

The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Socioeconomics Program conducted a study of Hawaii’s small-boat commercial fishing fleet in the summer of 2014. The survey was designed to examine economic and cultural aspects of small-boat fishing and to estimate the ways in … Continue reading

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Economic and social science engagement at Pier 38 – An ear to the ground

Economic researcher Kolter Kalberg (JIMAR) and Social Science researcher Dawn Kotowicz (JIMAR) visit the Honolulu Fish Auction weekly. They check in with fish dealers, auction staff, and longline fishermen during their early mornings at Pier 38. They check to see … Continue reading

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Reefs for the future: Resilience of coral reefs in the main Hawaiian Islands

By Brett Schumacher Declining health of coral reef ecosystems led scientists to search for factors that support reef resilience: the ability of reefs to resist and recover from environmental disturbance. Scientists recently identified 11 measurable factors that affect the resilience … Continue reading

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PIFSC researchers publish paper on social and economic effects of the first extended closure of Hawaii Longline Fishing Fleet

by Dawn Kotowicz “Hawai’i expected to have less local ‘ahi at year end” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser headline, 10/7/10 Fisheries closures affect more than just fishermen. It is important for researchers and managers to take into account impacts of their decisions … Continue reading

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