Reef and Fishery Assessment of Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge

On April 23, 2009 scientists from the NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami Florida (SEFSC) departed from San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Their destination: the Navassa National Wildlife Refuge. Along with the NOAA scientists are researchers from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM/RSMAS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Director of the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM), an NGO based in Haiti.
This work is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Recompression Chamber Training

My Name is Steve Matthews. My function here is to operate our SOS Hyperlite hyperbaric stretcher / recompression chamber. This unit is light weight, highly portable and capable of being transported under pressure to a nearby medical facility with a double lock chamber. The hyperlite can be loaded into the full size chamber which is then pressurized to treatment depth and the occupant is removed from the hyperlite and treatment continues uninterrupted. I am a 28 year Navy Deep Sea Saturation Diver veteran, former Master Chief retiring as a Chief Warrant officer (W-4) Operational Saturation Diving Officer. I have found my niche at the NOAA/NMFS Laboratory in Panama City Florida where the dive locker and small boat outfit take up most of our activities. I build/weld aluminum underwater camera array's for fish population assessment and other equipage as needed. The NOAA Dive center allows me to support missions such as this from time to time. The photos are from a training session I conducted today as we transit to the island.

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