Symposium Highlights Science at PIFSC Conducted by Staff of the NOAA-University of Hawaii Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research

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Earlier this year, leaders of the NOAA-funded University of Hawaii Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) convened a 1-day symposium to highlight the science conducted by JIMAR researchers working at PIFSC. In hosting the symposium, JIMAR Director Mark Merrifield and JIMAR Deputy Director for PIFSC Projects, Jeff Hare, also sought to develop deeper research engagement among JIMAR scientists, PIFSC staff, and faculty departments at the University of Hawaii and elsewhere. The event at the East-West Center's Imin Conference Center on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus included four presentation sessions and two poster sessions on fisheries, protected species and coral reef research.

About 150 scientists, managers, and administrators attended the event, including people from JIMAR, PIFSC, other NOAA offices, various University departments, and others. The symposium was a unique opportunity for networking, initiation of scientific exchange, and development of research collaborations.

Symposium presentations ranged over a wide range of subjects. Some examples: "A simulation-based method to evaluate the ability of estimating natural mortality within a fisheries stock assessment and determine model misspecification"; "Developing sea turtle bycatch reduction technologies in coastal net fisheries"; "Social networks of Hawaii's longline fishery"; "The status of the Hawaiian monk seal in the main Hawaiian Islands: a positive, but fragile trend"; "Using Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) to access and monitor the biodiversity of cryptic marine invertebrates on coral reefs"; and "Quantifying climatological ranges and anomaly frequencies for Pacific Island reef ecosystems", to name a few.

Posters were presented on a range of topics including "Using extreme value theorem to quantify wave stress on coral reefs"; "Derelict fishing gear removal from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument"; "Seasonal and spatial patterns of larval dispersal for Zebrasoma flavescens along west Hawaii"; and "Socioeconomic impacts of the bigeye tuna longline fishery closure".

JIMAR scientists work closely with PIFSC colleagues and sponsors at all of the Center's facilities, direct many key research projects and initiatives within the Center, and are responsible for a large share of the scientific output and achievement associated with the Center.