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TCBES Natural and Cultural Resource Seminar Series

Location: Wentworth 1

Title: Longitudinal study of West Hawai╩╗i reef ecosystem, highlighting fish diversity and abundance, coral health, and water quality.

Speakers: Shawn Larson, Ph.D., Amy Olsen, Joel Holander, Kaela Wuesthoff

Organization: All with the Seattle Aquarium: Dr. Shawn Larson, Curator of Conservation Research, Conservation Programs and Partnerships; Amy Olsen, Laboratory Specialist, Conservation Programs and Partnerships; Joel Hollander, Assistant Dive Safety Officer and Assistant Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, Life Sciences Department; and Kaela Wuesthoff, Senior Aquarist, Life Sciences Department.

Abstract: Every winter beginning in 2009 in late January or early February, four Seattle Aquarium biologists travel to the west coast of Hawai╩╗i island to conduct annual reef surveys. Centered in Puak┼Ź, the sites are located in both marine protected (Puak┼Ź and Old Kona Airport) and non-protected areas (Mahukona). Fish are counted from the underwater video files and the data is used to determine significant changes in species diversity or abundance over time and between protected and non protected areas. This past year we analyzed percent coral cover and coral bleaching over our 11 year dataset. We will present these new results this year!

2020 marks the Seattle AquariumÔÇÖs 12th year partnering with Humboldt State University, State of Hawai╩╗i Division of Aquatic Resources, and University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo on these annual surveys.

All are invited!

For more information, contact: uhhtcbes@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7573

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