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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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Update from the Mariana Archipelago: monitoring cruise completes work in the southern islands

By Bernardo Vargas-Ángel On April 17, the NOAA Ship Hi`ialakai departed Saipan Harbor and began Leg III of the PIFSC cruise HA-14-01 with a few more days of monitoring operations around Saipan before transiting to the island of Sarigan. With work … Continue reading

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The final count: cruise for monitoring of effects of ocean and climate change in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands completed

By Chip Young Scientists from the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) recently completed a 17-day expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, where they conducted coral reef monitoring surveys at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Lisianski Island, and French Frigate Shoals. These … Continue reading

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Visit to Johnston Atoll Wildlife Refuge: PIFSC SE-13-07 “Deep -7” Bottomfish research expedition blog

We visited Johnston Atoll today via small boat launches from the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette. The story of the atoll is long and varied and it has had multiple uses throughout its history. At the end of WWII Johnston … Continue reading

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Shark Encounters: PIFSC SE-13-07 “Deep -7” Bottomfish research expedition blog

Shark interactions When we first arrived in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument waters off Johnston Atoll we started plotting bottomfish sampling locations using topography, currents and the EK-60 fish finder to identify areas of interest. However this was … Continue reading

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In search of the elusive bottomfish: PIFSC SE-13-07 “Deep -7” Bottomfish research expedition blog

Searching out Deep-7 bottomfish Extensive effort was required to collect a minimum of 30, and maximum of 50, fin-clip tissue samples from bottomfish in the Johnston Atoll area to conduct DNA analyses. Proposing the collection of 30 fin clips is … Continue reading

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