Tag Archives: Deep-7

Hawaii’s bottomfish fishermen catch their fish, and eat it too!

by Kirsten Leong In the recent blog Onaga dai Bonkei!, we shared one of the artistic and culturally significant preparations of bottomfish that we heard during interviews for the Hawai‘i Bottomfish Heritage project. We’re collaborating with the Pacific Islands Fisheries … Continue reading

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Onaga dai Bonkei!

During 2017, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center partnered with the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group to conduct an oral history of bottomfishing in Hawai‘i. The purpose of the Hawai‘i Bottomfish Heritage project was to document the rich culture and traditions of … Continue reading

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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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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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Collecting fish counts and lengths from stereo-video systems

by William Misa, Audrey Rollo, and Jeff Anderson At the conclusion of a fishery-independent sampling methods cruise such as SE1402, videos collected from stereo-video systems (BotCam; AUV) are processed by optical analysts in the Science Operations Team. Fish identification, counts, … Continue reading

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SE-14-02: Hawai‘i Deep-7 Bottomfish Research in the Maui Triangle Region Evaluates Survey Gears for Next Generation Stock Assessment

Researchers from the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) are leading an expedition to develop fishery-independent methods of assessing the abundance of deepwater bottomfish around the main Hawaiian Islands. The bottomfish population supports important commercial and recreational fisheries in … Continue reading

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