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Kaua‘i bottomfishers face rougher ocean conditions

In late April, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group met with seven bottomfishers in Port Allen, Kaua‘i. It was a beautiful day in the low 80s at the Port Allen Fishing Club clubhouse. The winds were light and variable, with buoy … 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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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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Leaving Johnston Atoll waters: PIFSC SE-13-07 “Deep -7” Bottomfish research expedition blog

Aloha to the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument waters of Johnston Atoll. The sampling objectives have been accomplished and the scientists and crew onboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette and are heading home. The bird colony (comprised mainly … Continue reading

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