Category Archives: Scientific Operations

BFISH: Studying the Deep 7 to support sustainable fisheries

by Ben Richards and Amanda Dillon The “Deep 7” are seven fish species that live near the seafloor in deep water off the coast of Hawai‘i: onaga, opakapaka, ehu, kalekale, gindai, lehi and hapu‘upu‘u. These bottomfish are incredibly valuable both … Continue reading

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Creating a “Community” for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

by Hoku Johnson How do managers effectively spread the word about the natural splendors of a large, extremely remote place?  Who is the “community” of people that will provide advice to NOAA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managers on … Continue reading

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Building capacity in the U.S. Territories

by Dr. Edward DeMartini “Wow! That looks like great abstract art,” said John Gourley, one of the participants in a workshop/tutorial that I conducted. “The colors are amazing.” As part of the Fish Life History Program at PIFSC, I had … Continue reading

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Helping Local Agencies in Guam and Saipan Understand the Life Histories of Their Fishes

By Dr. Allen H. Andrews Understanding the age of a fish helps managers understand the population dynamics of a fish stock. For example, at what age is a fish species able to reproduce? Is its natural life span long or … Continue reading

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SE16-02: Re-Breather diving in Samoa; counting fish without bubbles

by Jamie Barlow “Team Redundant” is what we proudly call ourselves; we are the re-breather team on the R/V Steel Toe and silently dive with the goal to count and size reef fish. For the next couple of weeks PIFSC … Continue reading

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SE16-01: Samoa Researchers Join the NOAA Samoa Archipelago Fisheries Research Cruise

The final leg of SE16-01, the Samoa Archipelago Fisheries Research Cruise, took place around the islands of Upolu, Manono, and Savai’i, Samoa.  During this leg, researchers from 2 Samoa agencies, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) and … Continue reading

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