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Pacific Islands Must-Reads of 2019

by NOAA Fisheries 12 Jan 08:28 UTC
Olive ridley sea turtle hatchling. © NOAA Fisheries

In 2019, we brought you science and conservation stories covering a wide range of topics important to the Pacific Islands region.

Here are the 10 stories that resonated the most with our readers and have been shared and liked many times over on social media.

Recommended 10 Noteworthy Stories

For one reason or another, some feature stories don't gain as much traction online as others. Here is a collection of highly recommended stories that you may have missed but still deserve your attention.

For more Pacific Islands feature stories, dive into Pacific Islands news page.

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Illustrating the need for essential fish habitat
A new outreach tool in Hawaii bridges science and art NOAA Fisheries recently developed an innovative scientific illustration that shows how various habitat features support different life stages of a fish—uku, or grey snapper (Aprion virescens), in this example. Posted on 9 Aug
NOAA scientist saves entangled sea turtle
'Twitch' back in the wild after recovery in Galveston, Texas The Leo family was on board their sailboat when 7-year-old Kate spotted a fishing pole sticking straight up out of the water. As the family got closer it became clear a green sea turtle was entangled in the fishing line attached to the pole. Posted on 8 Aug
Collaborating on coral restoration
NOAA and The Nature Conservancy will help build capacity Last year, NOAA and The Nature Conservancy embarked on a multi-year partnership to support the collaborative development of targeted coral restoration plans for the four Pacific Island jurisdictions of Hawai'i, Guam, American Samoa, and the CNMI. Posted on 7 Aug
Hawksbill Sea Turtles are truly Hawai'i locals
New discoveries about this mysterious endangered species The first genetic characterization of hawksbill turtles in Hawai'i reveals new discoveries about this mysterious endangered species. Posted on 27 Jul
Restoring polluted California habitats
NOAA is able to do more restoration, helping California fish Through strong community partnerships NOAA is able to do more restoration, helping California fish, kelp forests, seabirds and more recover after impacts from oil spills and hazardous waste. Posted on 27 Jul
The curious case of a shark and a cephalopod
Hawaii Community Tagging Program engaged in a collaborative effort to record an amazing encounter Deron Verbeck is what you call a "waterman." He spends more time underwater than most, interacting with some very interesting creatures doing some very interesting things. Posted on 14 Jul
Determining how old fish are
Scientists use technology and ingenuity to get their work done from home Sometimes it's a good thing to "take your work home with you." A team of scientists at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center is demonstrating that it is possible to accomplish a lot while teleworking. Posted on 13 Jul
North Atlantic right whales classification updated
There are about 400 individuals remaining, and likely fewer than 100 breeding females The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently changed its Red List Category for North Atlantic right whales from Endangered to Critically Endangered. Posted on 12 Jul
What is nearshore habitat?
Restoration focuses on valuable shoreline habitat where juvenile fish grow There is an especially valuable environment in Puget Sound made up of the beaches, bluffs, inlets, and river deltas: the nearshore. Posted on 28 Jun
Returning rescued sea turtles to the wild
Learn about the operations that go into rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing protected sea turtles We work with organizations along the Atlantic coast to help rescue and rehabilitate protected animals such as sea turtles. A successful rescue takes months of work and coordination between many partners. Posted on 27 Jun
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