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Science blog: Monitoring coral reef ecosystems throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago

by NOAA Fisheries 12 Aug 15:09 UTC
NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette docked at Ford Island © NOAA Fisheries / Ali Bayless

The Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center has been surveying coral reef ecosystems in the Pacific since the early 2000s. We collect data to assess how coral reefs vary over space and time.

We do this to inform the management of these stunning and important ecosystems, which are packed full of biodiversity and provide coastal protection, food, and livelihoods to millions of people worldwide. During this expedition, we will survey the Islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago—the main Hawaiian Islands and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and atolls. Follow our progress as we post photos of what we see at sea!

Coral Health

Team Effort

Water Chemistry

Camouflaged Predator

New Reef

Whitemouth Moray

Go Team!

Oasis on the Barren Bottom

Monk Seal Fly-by!

Na Pali Coastline

Damsel on Guard

A Rare Coral Encounter

Deploy the Intern!

Bashful Blenny

Leaf Scorpionfish

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