Latitude: 27° 47.238' N
175° 51.711' W
Area Name: Pearl
and Hermes Atoll, S anchorage
Barometer: 1017.1 mb
Winds: 17 Knots ENE
Description: Cloudy, scattered showers.
Forecast: 5-10 knots, ENE - N.
Waves: 4-7' in lee of atoll with 3'south
Current: 1.2 Knots.
REA (Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team A: 2 dives in
murky lagoon habitats, East central area that has not been
surveyed before, mini "atolls" - patch reefs with
depressed, lagoon-like center.
(Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team B: 4 dives - 1 mid
lagoon, 2 back of reef crest, 1 seagrass meadow of endemic
Team : Set
new permanent monitoring transect on patch reef in central
lagoon. Ground truthing on six locations, mainly in western
back reef area.
Archaeology : Interior and perimeter survey of Southeast
Surveyed SE Island. Excellent emergent limestone reef
on N and W shores. High biomass, low diversity of invertebrates.
Limu, same customers; beautiful shallow reef flat along
North shore. Heavily bioeroded by Echinometra mathaei.
High fish biomass. Large biomass Rhoblyth - like
erect (non-articulated) corraline algae.
Team: Bird surveys on Southeast Island. Weeding.