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NWHI Ecosystem Connectivity, Apex Predator Movement, and Coral Health Assessment Expedition, May 2006

Mission Overview and Objectives

Journals, Reports and PodCasts from the Ship

Photo Gallery

The Hi`ialakai at Pearl and HermesFrom May 19th through June 11th 2006, the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Ship Hi`ialakai ("embracing pathways to the sea," pictured to left), will be conducting a research expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The expedition includes ecosystem connectivity research, apex predator (jacks, sharks, grey snapper) tagging and movement studies, as well as coral health assessment missions. The ship will travel to Nihoa and French Frigate Shoals in the NWHI, then 500 miles south to Johnston Atoll. Johnston Atoll is the closest shallow water habitat south of the isolated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and is believed to be a "stepping stone" by which organisms from the South Pacific have spread to the Hawaiian Archipelago. Many species, such as Acropora table corals, common in the South Pacific are only found at French Frigate Shoals and the surrounding areas in the Hawaiian Archipelago.

During the expedition, Dr. Malia Rivera, Outreach Specialist for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology will be sending back reports from the voyage. For the first leg of the voyage to French Frigate Shoals, Honolulu Advertiser Science Writer, Jan Tenbruggencate, will also be reporting live from the ship.

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Honolulu Advertiser Science Writer, Jan Tenbruggencate, Reports:

Hawaiian monk seals in crisis

15-foot tiger shark gets mouthful of boat

Natural treasures require guarding

Sea life's larval secrets revealed

Northwestern sea life differs

Catching powerful sharks takes big hooks, lots of line

Tagging sharks a chilling task

Jaws of Gardner belong to ulua

Reader e-mails are answered

Scientist has a fish tale, with a twist

Amid extreme isolation, rarely seen life abounds

Sea life suggests Hawai'i is not so isolated after all

Nihoa seas make daredevils of scientists

Scientists swap own tales of sea

Scientists to dive for answers at sea

Greetings from the Hi'ialakai

Quicktime 7

Getting Ready

A Day at Nihoa

Coral Reefs of French Frigate Shoals

Invertebrate Population Genetics

Apex Predator Migration

Green Sea Turtle Hatchlings Digging Out of a Nest
(credit Suzanne Canja, NMFS)

Reef Fish Population Genetics

Coral Disease Monitoring

Dr. Malia Rivera, Outreach Specialist for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Mission Overview and Objectives

Journal - Day 1, Setting off for Nihoa

Journal - Day 2, The Rocky Island of Nihoa

Journal - Days 3-4, Arriving at French Frigate Shoals

Journal - Days 5-6, French Frigate Shoals & Gardner Pinnacles

Journal - Days 7-8, Coral genetics at the small scale

Journal - Days 9-13, The long trek to Johnston Atoll

Journal - Days 14-16, Coral disease monitoring

Journal - Days 17-20, The endemic angelfish of Johnston Atoll

Journal - Day 21, The journey back from Johnston Atoll




Coral bleaching

Galapagos shark

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