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, May 2, 2009

Haitian fishers arrive!

Late this afternoon three fishers arrived from Anse d’Hainault, Haiti. They explained the difficulty of the crossing by sail and stated that one of their friends would be arriving tomorrow. Tomorrow we will provide them with coolers and a GPS tracker in order to begin to monitor their activities. They intend to raise some of the traps which have been observed around the island; from this we hope to gather information about catch per unit effort.
Photo by Abel Valdivia
Jean Wiener

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