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Coral Reef Ecosystem Division

The mission of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division is to provide sound science to enable informed and effective implementation of ecosystem-based management and conservation strategies for coral reef ecosystems of the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands Region. More...


News and Highlights

  • March 5, 2014
    Scientists of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center's Coral Reef Ecosystem Division embarked today on an 84-day mission aboard the NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai to study coral reef ecosystems around Wake Atoll, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). More...
  • October 31, 2013
    The PIFSC benthic habitat mapping team recently conducted a 3-week survey of the seafloor around the island of Oahu with the NOAA R/V AHI, an 8-m survey launch. Equipped with a 240-kHz Reson SeaBat 8101 ER multibeam echosounder and associated equipment, the R/V AHI has been used to collect seafloor depth data, or bathymetry, around many of the islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago, American Samoa, the Pacific Remote Island Areas (Palmyra, Johnston, and Wake Atolls; Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands; and Kingman Reef), and the Mariana Archipelago (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). More...
  • October 31, 2013
    During August 1-23, 2013, scientists of the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) and partners conducted 1031 research dives around the islands of Hawaiʻi, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, and Oʻahu as part of a Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP) expedition in the main Hawaiian Islands. More...
  • September 3, 2013
    Scientists of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center's Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) embarked today on a 19-day mission aboard the NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai to establish a network of long-term monitoring sites in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This expedition is an extension of the coral reef research and monitoring that CRED has been conducting for more than a decade within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and is an element of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • April 18, 2014
    Marine debris: removal and assessment at Midway Atoll 2013
    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Special Publication, SP-14-001, 6 p
  • April 15, 2014
    Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Data Report: Ecological monitoring 2012-2013 -- reef fishes and benthic habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, and Pacific Remote Island Areas
    Heenan A, Ayotte P, Gray A, Lino K, McCoy K, Zamzow J, Williams I
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-14-003, 112 p
  • April 7, 2014
    Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish monitoring brief: Pacific Remote Island Areas 2014
    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-14-007, 2 p
  • February 12, 2014
    Characterization of coral communities at Wake Atoll in the remote central Pacific Ocean
    Kenyon JC, Bonito V, Wilkinson CB
    [2013] Atoll Research Bulletin 600: 1-21
  • February 6, 2014
    Coral reef baselines: how much macroalgae is natural?
    Bruno JF, Precht WF, Vroom PS, Aronson RB
    [2014] Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.01.010
  • January 23, 2014
    Ocean warming and acidification have complex interactive effects on the dynamics of a marine fungal disease
    Williams GJ, Price NN, Ushijima B, Aeby GS, Callahan S, Davy SK, Gove JM, Johnson MD, Knapp IS, Shore-Maggio A, Smith JE, Videau P, Work TM
    [2014] Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281, 20133069. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3069