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.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Something is Fishy

Our activities with the fishers began this morning. The boat which arrived last night pulled alongside the NF and was handed two coolers to collect the contents of two traps. They were also given a GPS unit to track their whereabouts as they checked traps around the island. When the coolers were returned to us an hour later the fishers were then given two more cooler to fill with the contents of their traps for the remainder of the afternoon. When these coolers arrived the fishers waited patiently as we measured the length and took the weight of their catch. We will be continuing similar activities tomorrow.

-Jean Wiener

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