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Managers of America’s Largest Marine Reserve, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Rely on NOAA for Baseline Information

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have just published a detailed portrait of marine life and ecosystems in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) that will help to provide the baseline information called for in the reserve’s management plan, which was finalized in December of 2008. A Marine […]

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Northwestern Hawaiian Island Project Researchers Identify Invasive Species in New Location

A recent collaboration between the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and National Marine Fisheries Service’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Division identified an invasive species, bluestripe snapper (Lutjanus kasmira), native to the Marquesas Islands, in habitats that have never before been surveyed. Data were collected from May 2-29 from the NOAA […]

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Research and Partnerships Essential to Maintain an Invasive-free Monument

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science partnered with the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to conduct research on invasive species in the Monument. Unlike the main Hawaiian Islands, the Monument has relatively few invasive species, and managers would like to keep it that way. NCCOS and Monument staff met January 22-25 in Oahu, […]

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Benthic Habitat Maps Support Development of Biological Monitoring in Hawaii

Digital maps and an atlas of the seafloor and coral reef habitats for the main Hawaiian Islands were recently completed by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers. These products will serve as a key piece to support local monitoring strategies across the islands and ultimately assess the effectiveness of marine protected areas in Hawaii. The […]

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Hawaiian Marine Life Conservation Districts Studied for Effectiveness

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science published the first comprehensive evaluation of Hawaii’s system of state marine protected areas (MPAs).The report, Fish Habitat Utilization Patterns and Evaluation of the Efficacy of Marine Protected Areas in Hawaii, examined the eleven Marine Life Conservation Districts (MLCDs) established by the state of Hawaii over the last four decades […]

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Disney’s Nemo Helps Kids in Hawaii Learn About Coral Reefs

Alexander Gould, the voice behind “Nemo” in the animated Disney film, “Finding Nemo,” talks about how kids can help the environment, focusing on coral reefs, in a script developed for viewing on airlines, in cruise ships, and in hotels at coral reef destinations around the world. The video highlights the beauty and productivity of healthy […]

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