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Day in the Life of a Fisheries Observer - Post 2

Day in the Life of a Fisheries Observer

Starting Off the Deployment Right
06/14/2018 - Data ,
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Bobbie Buzzell, fisheries observer.

Sea Tales

70 days of deep diving and shallow reef monitoring in American Samoa and the Pacific Remote Islands.
06/12/2018 - Survey ,
NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai at Swains Island in American Samoa (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/James Morioka)

NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai at Swains Island in American Samoa (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/James Morioka)

A NOAA Seal Team Goes Airborne for a Critical Science Mission

Towering cliffs with falling rocks, open ocean sea conditions, and small reef-shelf ledges crowded with seals make the islands of Nihoa and Mokumanamana an intimidating and very difficult environment to survey for scientists from NOAA Fisheries’ Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program. On a nice day, we...
06/11/2018 - Research ,
Researchers use an unmanned aerial system to look for seals on a difficult ledge at Nihoa (Photo: NOAA Fisheries)at

Researchers use an unmanned aerial system to look for seals on a difficult ledge at Nihoa (Photo: NOAA Fisheries)

Day in the Life of a Fisheries Observer - Post 1

Day in the Life of a Fisheries Observer

What does a fisheries observer do?
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A North Pacific Observer.

The Best Laid Plans: Bigeye Quotas, Collective Action, and a Diverse Longline Fleet

Managing bigeye tuna in the Pacific is easy, right? Just estimate how many fish are out there swimming around at high speeds, calculate a sustainable amount to harvest, set a catch limit, and enforce it. Then the industry goes fishing, delivers to market, eat, repeat. Bigeye makes delicious sashimi –...
05/22/2018 - Research ,
Hawai‘i longline vessels tied up to the docks at Pier 38 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i longline vessels tied up to the docks at Pier 38 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i (Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Adam Ayers).

Hawai‘i Pelagic Fishing Tournament Survey Underway

Have you ever wondered how fishing tournaments contribute to the local economy in Hawai‘i? Probably not, but now that the idea is out there, you’re probably curious, right? Information about tournament fishing can help answer questions about Hawaii’s fisheries and the local businesses they support. Tournament...
05/16/2018 -
Fishing boat on the water

Fishing boat on the water at a Hawaii pelagic fishing tournament.

Lobster Shell Disease

NEFSC Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

While out here on the Bigelow at the southern edge of the Northeast Channel, we’ve caught some lobsters, and just in time. Sailing with us is Joe Kunkel, a former professor and now professor emeritus at UMass Amherst, who is investigating a shell disease found on some lobsters. Shell disease is an...
05/09/2018 - Research ,
healthy lobster shell

Healthy lobster shell – no shell disease. Photo by Christine Kircun, NOAA Fisheries/NEFSC

How Many Fish are Being Caught from the Reefs Near the Shores of Hawai‘i?

This is a question that has eluded fishers and managers alike. In an attempt to find some answers, we teamed up with coral reef fish specialists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Conservation International to pull together all of the data that we could find on nearshore reef fish catch.  We...
04/03/2018 - Research ,
School of convict tang or "manini" in Oahu, Hawaii.

School of convict tang or "manini" in Oahu, Hawaii (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Andrew E. Gray).

Teacher Becomes Sea Student

NEFSC Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

A unique opportunity that’s offered for teachers to participate in the NOAA surveys is the Teacher At Sea (TAS) program.  It gives teachers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa the opportunity to participate on our surveys.  This leg, we were fortunate to have Thomas Jenkins...
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Teacher at Sea Thomas Jenkins working on age processing with Jill Price.

Shark Species Seen on Leg 2 of Coastal Shark Survey

NEFSC Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

The F/V Eagle Eye II set sail from Cape Canaveral on Monday, April 16, for the second leg of the coastal shark survey. The first leg of the survey saw mostly Atlantic sharpnose, tiger, blacktip, sandbar and hammerhead sharks coming up on the line. The start to the second leg brought more of the same...
05/08/2018 - Survey ,
bull shark on the line

Bull shark about to be brought aboard, measured and tagged.