Latitude: 26° 03.110' N
174° 01.400' W
Area Name: North side of Lisianski
Barometer: 1011.7 mb and decreasing
Winds: 15 mph NW
Description: Partly Cloudy, scattered showers.
Forecast: Low pressure moving through with high following.
Partly cloudy. Scattered showers.
Waves: 4-6' NW mixed w/East
Current: 0 Knots.
REA (Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team A: 3 dives -
very good coral development. Poor visibility owing to very
nutrient rich waters. Uluas were particularly agitated today.
(Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team B: 2 dives - on
S side of Neva Shoals. High coral cover 1st dive, lots of
Porites compressa with a variety of algae covering
lower branches. Many Kole (Gold eyed surgeonfish)
look like they have been bitten or scratched and are recovering.
Team : 3
dives and a snorkel today, set up 21st permanent transect
of the trip. Collected corals, selecting corals for coring
and ground truthing, with assistance and aloha from `Aulani
Archaeology : 3 survey dives in areas around Western
Surveyed lower intertidal, shallow subtidal of E shore
of the island. Unknown nudibranch collected; many sea hares;
unlike higher intertidal, these zones have high biomass
Team: Circumlocuted island and counted turtle pits (~176)
and counted nesting birds and other seabirds. The island
is characterized by a very healthy native plant community
with an interior dense with bird burrows. There was a high
diversity of bird species with many, such as Ruddy Turnstones
found in abundance compared with other NWHI areas.