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Reef monitoring cruise in main Hawaiian Islands underway

By Bernardo Vargas-Ángel The Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP) cruise in the main Hawaiian Islands, led by the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division, is in full swing. This expedition aboard the NOAA Ship Hi`ialakai (PIFSC cruise HA-13-04) … Continue reading

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Update from Timor-Leste: team completes 50 surveys of reef fish and benthic communities in first week

By Paula Ayotte PIFSC scientists have been assessing and monitoring the coral reef ecosystems at islands and atolls in the central and western Pacific since 2000. The PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem (CRED) now is establishing baselines and initiating capacity building … Continue reading

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Scientists continue surveys of a marine protected area in Maui

By Kevin Lino To help assess the effectiveness of an unusual approach to management of marine resources in Hawaii, our team spent the week of April 22 conducting underwater surveys of fishes and benthic habitat along the coastline of West … Continue reading

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Wave exposure explains some of the variation among benthic communities at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, study proves

Pearl and Hermes Atoll, located at 27°50′ N, 175°55′ W, is the largest atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) and part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. A recently … Continue reading

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New data on benthic cover at Guam now available

Since the first cruise of the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP) in 2000, NOAA Fisheries has used towed-diver surveys to provide large-scale assessments of benthic habitats. This survey method involves towing scuba divers behind a small boat … Continue reading

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