Tag Archives: NMFS

#FieldWorkWin: Signing off from Saipan

By Marie Hill, Amanda Bradford, Allan Ligon, and Adam Ü We recently concluded a series of small-boat surveys for whales and dolphins (aka cetaceans) off Saipan in the Mariana Archipelago. Our primary target species was the endangered western North Pacific … Continue reading

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Listening Along Longlines for False Killer Whales

By Ali Bayless  A scientific paper was recently published by Fisheries Research that describes an investigation of the sounds made by false killer whales near longline fishing gear and how these sounds relate to fishing activity and depredation. Depredation is … 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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Finding mobile needles in a moving haystack: counting whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters

By Amanda Bradford A scientific paper was recently published in NOAA’s Fishery Bulletin that provides abundance estimates of whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters using data from a ship-based survey that took place in 2010. PIFSC scientist and lead author … Continue reading

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Update from the Field: Have You Seen These Whales?

By Marie Hill and Amanda Bradford When we last checked in, our team of scientists was waiting for the weather in Saipan to clear up so we could get back on the water to look for more endangered western North … Continue reading

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24 days, 900 buckets, 4 seals,…

It is the end of another Hawaiian monk seal field season.  The research cruise to pick up all of our field teams has returned, and our Chief Scientist for the cruise, Stacie Robinson, reflects on the experience. …580 water jugs, … Continue reading

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