Latitude: 27° 47.238' N
175° 51.711' W
Area Name: Pearl
and Hermes Atoll, S anchorage
Barometer: 1017.1 mb
Winds: 17 Knots ENE
Description: Cloudy, scattered showers.
Forecast: 5-10 knots, ENE - N.
Waves: 4-7' in lee of atoll with 3'south
Current: 1.2 Knots.
REA (Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team A: 2 dives on
West side, 1 in lagoon at Northern end. Inside lagoon dive
had high coral cover, some bleaching observed. Outside dives
on old eroded reef with deep cracks down to 70 feet. Crustose
corraline algae dominant cover at these wave exposed areas.
(Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team B: 3 dives - on
West side, second dive to 80' crystal clear water with high
coral diversity. Karla head bumped a 70 lb Ulua.
Team : Set
new permanent monitoring transect on West fore reef. Collected
specimens of bleached corals. Performed ground truthing
at two sites. Collected two specimens of Porites evermanni
for growth rate analysis.
Archaeology : Towed and drift dive surveys in Pearl
and Hermes loss area - no obvious signs.
Surveyed emergent rock NW of North Island. High diversity
of limu, invertebrates and fishes. Lobsters.
Team: Collected Erograstos variabilis and Solanum
nelsoni seeds at North Island and seeded a cleared patch
at Southeast Island with the collected seeds. Both plants
are native species that provide excellent ground cover and
soil stability for nesting and burrowing seabirds. The hope
is to replace the invasive plant species - Verbesina
enceloides that provides poor nesting habitat, and decreases