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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

  • May 22, 2014
    Last fall, scientists from the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) completed two-weeks of surveys of coral reef ecosystems around Oahu as part of the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP) in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). These shore-based, small-boat operations (mission SB-13-20) augmented the surveys undertaken last August during the PIFSC research cruise HA-13-04 aboard the NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai, marking the completion of the fifth such research effort by PIFSC in the MHI. More...
  • May 22, 2014
    Recently, scientists in the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) completed a small-boat mission (SB-13-25) during which they resurveyed the grounding site of the USS Port Royal, which ran aground in February 2009 nearly 1 km south of Reef Runway off the south shore of Oahu. The work was requested by the State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). More...
  • 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...

Recent Staff Publications

  • June 14, 2014
    Commonness and rarity in the marine biosphere
    Connolly SR, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ, Knowlton N, Cripps E, Hisano M, Thibaut LM, Bhattacharya BD, Benedetti-Cecchi L, Brainard RE, Brandt A, Bulleri F, Ellingsen KE, Kaiser S, Kroncke I, Linse K, Maggi E, O'Hara TD, Plaisance L, Poore GCB, Sarkar SK, Satpathy KK, Schuckel U, Williams A, Wilson RS
    [2014] Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 8524-8529
  • May 27, 2014
    Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish monitoring brief: southern Mariana Archipelago 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-14-009, 2 p
  • May 27, 2014
    Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish monitoring brief: northern Mariana Archipelago 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-14-010, 2 p
  • 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