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Must-Read Pacific Islands Stories of 2022

Year in review: Find out which of our stories you read the most and which ones we highly recommend. Also, get to know some of our amazing staff.
December 30, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A close-up of two hands cupped together with palms up around a sea turtle in the distance on a sandy beach with waves along an ocean coast in the background. One example of how you get great photos of sea turtles while remaining a respectful distance of at least 10 feet away. Credit: Levon Basso.

Meet Diana Kramer, Regional Marine Wildlife Response Coordinator

From preparing fish meals as an aquarium volunteer to overseeing hundreds of animal rehabilitations, Diana has spent her life helping marine mammals.
December 28, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Portrait of a woman smiling in front of a tree with the blue ocean in the background. Diana Kramer, Pacific Islands Regional Marine Wildlife Response Coordinator. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Joseph Bennington-Castro

How NOAA Prepares for Entanglements During Whale Season in Hawaiʻi

NOAA and partners go through rigorous training in preparation to respond to whales in life-threatening entanglements.
November 23, 2022 - Feature Story ,
An individual wearing a life vest and safety helmet stands on the platform of a small boat to practice tossing a grappling hook. NOAA and partners go through rigorous training in preparation for responding to large whale entanglements. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Cameron Dabney

How NOAA Preserves the Habitat of Seafood in the Pacific Islands

From protecting essential fish habitat to recovering coral colonies that have detached from the reef, NOAA supports seafood habitat in many ways.
October 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Hand made coral nurseries to restore coral reefs Coral nurseries are one tool NOAA uses to restore reefs, which are vital habitats for many managed seafood species. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Tide to Table Profile: Kauaʻi Sea Farms

On the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi, Kauaʻi Sea Farms is restoring the historic Nomilo Fishpond while growing clams, sea cucumbers, and edible seaweed.
September 23, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A rainbow over the Nomilo Fishpond on a sunny day. In Hawaii’s historic Nomilo Loko Iʻa, or Nomilo Fishpond, family-owned Kauaʻi Sea Farms specializes in growing clams, sea cucumbers, and edible seaweed. Credit: Kauaʻi Sea Farms

NOAA Enlists Hawaiʻi Fishermen for Mahimahi Diet Study

New program will collaborate with fishermen to help reveal what these open-ocean predators are eating. Fishermen can receive financial rewards for participating in the program.
September 20, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Close-up of a mahimahi head. Mahimahi are fun to catch and quite acrobatic. Plus, they are great to eat! Credit: NOAA Fisheries