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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Each morning at 0730-0745 scientists, dive teams and coxswains (the person in charge of a boat- the literal translation meaning ‘boat servant’; cox- a small boat aboard a larger boat and swain- someone in authority); assemble on the back deck for a morning briefing. During this meeting, objectives for the day’s mission are discussed by the chief scientist Dr.Margaret Miller, and a pre-dive safety check is conducted by the unit diving supervisor Dave McClellan. Each diver/scientist is responsible for making sure their diving and sampling gear gets loaded on their respective boats before they are launched. Once the small boat is launched it is very difficult to come back and retrieve anything left behind. We have coral teams, fish teams, and mixed teams, so getting the correct gear on the correct boat is very important and is predetermined the night before at our science meeting. The small boats are then lifted over the rail by the crew of the Nancy Foster and put into the water. The science divers then go down a ladder and onto the boats. This is a picture of our principal investigator (PI) Margaret Miller taking that last big step.


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