Research and Partnerships Essential to Maintain an Invasive-free Monument
Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science partnered with the Papahanaumokuakea 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, Hawaii to share concepts, data, and methods to integrate ongoing invasive species work in Hawaii. In collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Division, NCCOS and Monument staff are planning a field mission in April 2008 to collect preliminary data on alien species at French Frigate Shoals, and Pearl and Hermes Atoll. The objectives of the mission are to survey benthic habitats for alien species and evaluate sampling technologies and predictive mapping capabilities. This research will ultimately provide Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument managers with data to identify, prioritize, and implement management actions for invasive species.