Tag Archives: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

“Data do not speak for themselves” – Analyzing social science data in Micronesia

by Supin Wongbusarakum Data do not speak for themselves; there is always an interpreter, or a translator (Ratcliffe 1983[1]). While nature conservation and natural resource management efforts are increasing throughout the Pacific Islands, the importance of balancing ecological health with … Continue reading

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Socioeconomic Monitoring for The Micronesia Challenge: Measuring Progress in Effective Conservation

By Supin Wongbusarakum The importance of socioeconomic monitoring for coastal management and conservation is becoming increasingly acknowledged around the world. Without understanding the impacts on people and communities that depend on natural resources, the effectiveness of conservation programs can easily … Continue reading

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Dolphin Storms and Whales and Dolphins

By Eric Mooney If you’ve happened to be paying attention to the weather in the western Pacific near Guam and the Marianas Archipelago this week, Typhoon Dolphin might sound familiar. Remarkably, the storm just so happens to coincide with the … Continue reading

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The fastest divers you’ve ever seen: installation of a climate monitoring station at Pagan Island

Text and video by Noah Pomeroy I wish we could actually move as fast as we do in this video! In reality, this time-lapse video captures a scuba dive that took place on April 23 over about one hour in … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Targeting Uncommon Bottomfish Species in CNMI Waters

Bottomfish Bio-sampling from the Small Boat on the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette Cruise (SE-14-04 Legs I and II) to the Northern Mariana Islands The expression “well that’s why it’s called fishing and not catching” is something a friend or … Continue reading

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Coral reef monitoring in the Mariana Archipelago: preliminary results from visual surveys of fishes and benthic habitats

By Kathryn Dennis and Bernardo Vargas-Ángel The PIFSC cruise HA-14-01 officially concluded yesterday, Monday, June 2, when the NOAA Ship Hi`ialakai arrived back at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, from Saipan. During this expedition, which began on March 5, scientists from … Continue reading

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