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.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Scientific Objectives

A) to conduct Reefish Visual Census' (RVC) to assess the status of reef fish resources using SCUBA.
B) to conduct Coral Reef Benthic assessments on SCUBA.
C) to survey permanently marked plots on SCUBA and conduct distributional surveys along the island perimeter using snorkel for the ESA threatened coral, Acropora palmata
D) to exchange and download the data from four temperature loggers deployed during NF-06-05-NAVAS and
E) to quantify the daily catch of local fishing vessels. This involves interviews with the local fishing boats in the mornings and evenings.

Details of the methodologies to achieve these objectives will be convered in the daily logs of the mission.

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