Collaborative Research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Surveys Invasive Species Using Towed Underwater Video
A recent collaboration between the Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and National Marine Fisheries Service’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Division looked for invasive species using towed underwater video cameras. One invasive species, ta’ape or bluestripe snapper (Lutjanus kasmira), native to the Marquesas Islands, was detected in habitats that have never before been surveyed. The field mission was conducted May 2-29 from the NOAA Ship HI’IALAKAI at French Frigate Shoals and Brooks Banks, with the objectives of surveying benthic habitats for invasive species and evaluating sampling technologies and predictive mapping capabilities. NCCOS scientists are evaluating the data and will present the Monument a report of significant findings.