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Voices from the Hawai‘i Island bottomfishery

In mid-February I was sitting on Craig Severance’s porch overlooking Hilo Bay. The weather was a beautiful 80 degrees with light and variable winds – perfect conditions for bottomfishing out of Hilo, Hawai‘i. So we were fortunate that 14 bottomfishers … Continue reading

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Hawaii Bottomfish Heritage Project Will be On the Air this Weekend!

On Monday, our team joined Mike Buck in the studio to talk story about the Bottomfish Heritage Project. For the project, we’ve in turn been talking story with fishermen using a research method called “oral histories” to document their knowledge … Continue reading

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Hawaii Bottomfish Heritage Project Underway

Bottomfishing has a unique tradition in Hawai‘i that dates back to ancient times. Ancient Hawaiians targeted bottomfish such as ‘ōpakapaka (Hawaiian pink snapper, Pristipomoides filamentosus) using fishing canoes launched from shore. They located fishing spots by triangulating landmarks and used … Continue reading

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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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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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SE16-01: Spearfishing for samples

Coral reef fishes represent a highly diverse and economically important component of tropical marine fauna globally. Coral reef fisheries support coastal communities and island nations across the Indo-Pacific, including US jurisdictions in the Central, Western and South Pacific. Species on … Continue reading

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