Sea Tales

70 days of deep diving and shallow reef monitoring in American Samoa and the Pacific Remote Islands.

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)

We have been surveying coral reef ecosystems in the Pacific since the early 2000s. We collect data to assess how coral reefs vary over space and time. We do this to inform the management of these stunning and important ecosystems, which are packed full of biodiversity and provide coastal protection, food, and livelihoods to millions of perople worldwide. During this 105-day expedition, we will survey the Pacific Remote Islands and the islands of American Samoa. Follow our progress as we post photos to share what we see while at sea!

Transit

It's smooth sailing for now as the team heads from Honolulu towards Howland Island.

It's smooth sailing for now as the team heads from Honolulu towards Howland Island. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Morgan Winston)

 

Field Preparation

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Scientists Ari Halperin and Hannah Barkley prep equipment that will be used by the ocean and climate change team at Howland Island. We will fill these bottles with water samples to measure dissolved inorganic carbon composition in the ocean. After 7 days of transit, the team is ready to get in the water! (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Noah Pomeroy)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife drop-off

TCW_FWS on the beach.jpgThe U.S. Fish & Wildlife team makes it to Howland Island to unload their gear. The team will be camping on the island while the other scientists conduct our underwater surveys.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife team makes it to Howland Island to unload their gear. The team will be camping on the island while the other scientists conduct our underwater surveys. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Tate Wester)

 

Documenting the reef

A scientist takes photos of the corals growing on this vibrant reef to help assess reef health.

A scientist takes photos of the corals growing on this vibrant reef to help assess reef health. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Louise Giuseffi)

 

Counting fish

A school of purple anthias hover above the coral and make for a tough job of counting each one!

A school of purple anthias hover above the coral and make for a tough job of counting each one! (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Jeffrey Milisen)

 

Measuring coral

A scientist measures coral colonies along a transect of Baker Island's lively reef slopes. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Morgan Winston)

A scientist measures coral colonies along a transect of Baker Island's lively reef slopes. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Morgan Winston)

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on June 15, 2018