Category Archives: Ecosystems and Oceanography

A Big Picture for the Big Island

by Megan Joyce and Amanda Dillon The ocean off the west coast of Hawai‘i Island is home to an especially vibrant marine ecosystem. This coastal region is teeming with bright fish, sea urchins and shellfish, green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, … Continue reading

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Lancetfish on the (Long) Line

You’ve probably heard of fish such as bigeye tuna and mahi mahi, but what about lancetfish?  Hawaii’s longline fishery catches lancetfish at about the same rate at tuna, but lancetfish aren’t very tasty so they don’t make it back to … Continue reading

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How Does Energy Reach the Top of the Food Web?

A paper coauthored by PIFSC scientists looks at how energy makes its way to the top of the central North Pacific food web. The scientists used information on what marine organisms across the food web eat to build a food … Continue reading

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PIFSC Web-Based GIS Mapping Tools Go Live

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) has launched a series of new web-based geographic information system (GIS) mapping tools for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (MTMNM). To access the tools, click on the … Continue reading

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Why do coral reef ecosystems thrive in remote areas of the Pacific Ocean?

by Jamison Gove and Amanda Dillon The thousands of coral reef islands and atolls found across the Pacific Ocean are predominately surrounded by a biologically barren oceanic landscape. Paradoxically, the nearshore marine ecosystems around these islands and atolls are teeming … Continue reading

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Where are all the Ranina ranina?

Where are all the Ranina ranina? By guest blogger Lauren Van Heukelem One main objective of the SE1503 cruise aboard NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette was to survey the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for Ranina ranina (Kona … Continue reading

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