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- Maro Reef
David Nichols, State of Hawaii, DLNR, HIHWNMS
Chief scientist, Randy Kosaki collects a tissue sample
from an Omilu.
We arrive at Maro Reef ahead of schedule and in time for the
REA teams to get in a dive before dinner. The apex predator
team has time to retrieve a receiver in the area and also
do a little trolling. The team catches two large omilu and
a couple of uku. They decide to insert an acoustic transmitter
into one of the uku. These transmitters aren’t cheap
(about $300 each) so the scientists are pretty selective in
which fish are implanted.
Reef is the largest coral reef in the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands, with over 478,000 acres of reef area. This large
size and its complex maze of linear reefs make it difficult
for boats to navigate and scientists to study. Maro reef has
a greater abundance and diversity of coral than most any other
reef system in the NWHI chain. There are also plenty of sharks
in the area. As we were being lowered to the water surface
in the HI-2 there was one swimming nearby.
claim that there is a rock somewhere that permanently sticks
out of the water but I fail to see any evidence of any emergent
land. We have a couple of days of work here at Maro. I am
going to keep an eye out for that rock.
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