Latitude: 28° 22.654' N
178° 18.610' W
Area Name: Kure
Atoll, SE anchorage
Barometer: 1018.4 mb
Winds: 12 Knots North East
Forecast: Low moving in from NE. Some showers, wind
10-15 knots from N. Seas 4-7' NE in mixed 3' south swell.
Waves: 1-4' NE in lee of atoll with 3'south
REA (Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team A: 3 dives -
one on outer reef, two inside atoll lagoon. First outer
dive characterized by high vertical relief and presence
of large school of thick lipped jack and large galapagos
sharks. Dive near Sand Island - typical inner lagoon habitat.
North of green island - typical back reef habitat with large
(Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team B: 3 dives - one
spectacular spur and groove off NW side (80'). Two shallow
reef flat surveys inside backreef.
Team : One
coral core, new record of Porites duerdeni for Kure
Atoll. Continued with ground truthing.
Archaeology : Conducted diving surveys of 2 steel fishing
vessels (sections scattered throughout the lagoon) and did
diver towed survey in USS Saginaw wreck area - negative
Surveyed South and West shores of Green Island. Little
hard substrate. Relatively high species richness of macroinvertebrates
in sand. Sea biscuits, auger shells, bivalves. Spent 1/2
of day at Verbesina removal.
Team: Cleared two acres of Booby nesting area of Verbesina.