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Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks Across Pacific Ocean

Jamie Caldwell and assistant Sean Dimdoff conducting coral health surveys. Photo courtesy of David Slater Researchers at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology were recently awarded a $1.026 million grant from NASA to develop coral disease forecasting models for Hawaiʻi, U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, as [...]

By | 2017-06-13T18:16:24+00:00 June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

May the Science Be with You

By Léo Azambuja Nancy Kanna, left, and Ruby Pap, two of the many organizers of Kaua‘i’s March for Science, endured the rain with a smile. Let’s get a few things straight. The Earth is neither flat nor the center of the universe, dinosaurs did roam the Earth millions of years ago, humans and [...]

By | 2017-05-07T09:24:25+00:00 May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Obama Announces Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Green sea turtle. Photo by Ryann Williams/NOAA President Barack Obama announced today he will expand the existing Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) by 442,781 square miles, bringing the total protected area of the expanded monument to 582,578 square miles, according to a PMNM news release. Today’s action creates the largest protected [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:24+00:00 August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Seeks Advisory Council Applicants

NOAA’s Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve seeks advisory council applicants NOAA’s Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve is seeking applicants for five primary and alternate seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in reserve management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. “Community representatives on our advisory council are [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:35+00:00 May 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Humpback Whale Population 101

By Ruby Pap The Sanctums research vessel waits for a whale to surface. Courtesy E. Lyman – HIHWNMS/ NOAA Permit # 14682 Who says Hawai‘i doesn’t have seasons? Starting around the holidays, our eyes linger on the horizon, waiting for that first humpback whale sighting. When it happens, we shout for joy (well [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:44+00:00 February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Four New Limu Species Discovered in Hawai‘i’s Deep Waters 

A new species of deep see algae discovered at Kure Atoll. Courtesy of NOAA Scientists working with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced earlier this week the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae from Hawaiʻi. Marine algae, or limu, are very important in Hawaiian culture, used in foods, ceremonies and [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:45+00:00 February 6th, 2016|0 Comments

The Majestic Koholā

By Léo Azambuja Courtesy HIHWNMS/ NOAA Permit # 774-1714 Every year, from September through April, more than 10,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific swim nearly 3,000 miles to warm Hawaiian waters. The whales spend several weeks in Hawai‘i, mating, giving birth and nursing. It’s one of the greatest shows on Earth, with [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:46+00:00 February 1st, 2016|0 Comments

NOAA Withdrawals Humpback Whale Sanctuary Expansion Proposal

Photo courtesy of Kalasara Setaysha/Koholā Leo The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency announced Tuesday it is withdrawing a proposal to expand the boundaries of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and include additional species. "After listening to input from the community and the state, NOAA is withdrawing the proposal to expand [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:46+00:00 January 27th, 2016|0 Comments

NWHI Expedition Finds Highest Rates of Unique Marine Species

Galapagos Shark on Deco Pioneer Bank. Photo NOAA Scientists returned last week from a 28-day research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai exploring the deep coral reefs within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. During the trip, scientists recorded numerous species of marine life never before seen, including a possible new [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:41:00+00:00 October 6th, 2015|0 Comments

New Hawaiian Monk Seal Critical Habitat Rule Adds Protection to Endangered Species

Hawaiian monk seal. Photo courtesy of Kent Backman The state Department of Land and Natural Resources recently announced it is pleased the federal government has incorporated state input into new rules aimed at further protection for the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, by focusing protection on areas most important for foraging, pupping and [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:41:05+00:00 August 29th, 2015|0 Comments