Latitude: 28° 22.654' N
178° 18.610' W
Area Name: Kure
Atoll, SE anchorage
Barometer: 1018.4 mb
Winds: 12 Knots North East
Forecast: Low moving in from NE. Some showers, wind
10-15 knots from N. Seas 4-7' NE in mixed 3' south swell.
Waves: 1-4' NE in lee of atoll with 3'south
REA (Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team A: 3 dives -
all on outer reef. All examples of classic spur and groove
atoll habitat. Generally lower fish species bidiversity
than other islands. Areas dominated by fast growing smaller
coral colonies. Second highest algae cover.
(Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team B: 3 dives - one
in west channel, 2 outside reef on South side. Great visibility
and spur and groove.
Team : Found
a 10 meter Porites compressa colony, possibly 300
years old. Found high species diversity and abundance of
corals throughout the atoll. Collected 5 coral cores. Groundtruthing
information from all habitats (spur and groove, back reef,
Archaeology : Conducted diving surveys of aircraft crash
site and an old wooden sailing shipwreck.
Surveyed North, East, and South shore shallow waters;
few emergent limestone benches; most/all shallow, hard bottom
covered with big alga - Lyngbia. Low species diversity of
both limu and inveretbrates.
Team: Cleared a large round area for Albatross landings.
Scraped and painted storm shutters on workers quarters.