Category Archives: Ecosystems and Oceanography

An Ocean of Life

By Rebecca Ingram Living on an island, it is easy to see how intertwined our lives are with the ocean. We benefit daily from the ocean’s many resources, whether it be going fishing, diving, or simply walking along the shoreline. … Continue reading

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Checking the Ocean’s Pulse with Plankton

By Joseph Bennington-Castro At the very core of the marine food web you’ll find plankton, which are tiny organisms that propagate and feed the rest of the ocean’s marine life — indirectly feeding everyone who enjoys seafood. Plankton, by definition, are small … Continue reading

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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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