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New Publication: Yap Seagrass Assemblages

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YapSeagrassImagePMRI, along with our partners at the University of Guam Marine Lab, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, the Yap Environmental Protection Agency, and the Kaday Community and Cultural Development Organization, is happy to announce a recent publication entitled, “Watershed discharge patterns, secondary consumer abundances, and seagrass habitat condition in Yap, Micronesia“, by Peter Houk, Yimnang Golbuu, Berna Gorong, Thomas Gorong, and Christina Fillmed.

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In this publication, watershed discharge, water quality, and seagrass assemblages were examined along the western coast of Yap Proper, Micronesia.  In short, this study found that submarine groundwater discharge was a more continuous source of freshwater input into seagrass habitats than stormwater discharge, and that groundwater discharge was associated with the presence of macroalgae and reduced seagrass health.  Additionally, sea cucumber densities in areas with submarine groundwater discharge were found to be lower than at comparable locations.  Low cucumber abundances were also associated with poor seagrass condition. Future research is needed to attempt to attribute cause to individual local stressors.

Citation:  Houk, P., et al. / Marine Pollution Bulletin 71 (2013) 209–215

For more detailed information about this project, please visit the project web page.

PMRI Welcomes Brooke Nevitt, Science Communication Coordinator

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Brooke NevittPMRI is happy to announce that Brooke Nevitt has joined our Saipan team!  A long-time resident of Saipan, Brooke was raised in the Federated States of Micronesia and on Saipan, where she developed a deep connection to and concern for the natural resources and the communities of the region.  Brooke has a Master’s degree in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  Prior to joining PMRI she worked for five years as the Coral Reef Education and Outreach Coordinator with Coastal Resources Management Office, CNMI.  Brooke also serves as the Micronesia SEM-Pasifika Coordinator.  Brooke will be coordinating PMRI’s science communication and social science projects.  Welcome !

New Wave Buoy Deployed in Saipan

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News from our partners at PacIOOS:     (click on image for real-time buoy data)

http://oos.soest.hawaii.edu/pacioos/wavebuoy/tanapagbuoy.php

 

The PacIOOS wave buoy team has deployed three new Datawell Mark II Waverider buoys reporting real-time information from offshore of Tanapag, Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, off Ritidian Point in Guam, and Kāneʻohe Bay, Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi.  These buoys join the existing PacIOOS network of eight real-time wave buoys in Hawaiʻi, Guam, and the Marshall Islands to provide streaming data on wave height, direction, period, and water temperature to the PacIOOS Voyager, the PacIOOS website, to the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and via Twitter.

New Publication on Coral Reef Resilience

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Yimnang Golbuu, lead scientist and researcher at PICRC/PCS/TNC. Yim is recording data at the "short drop-off" dive site in approx. 35' of water.  (Photo by Ian Shive: http://ianshive.wordpress.com/)

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New publication from the Palau International Coral Reef Center:  “Climate-change refugia in the sheltered bays of Palau: analogs of future reefs”
PDF buttonThis study examined the response of coral communities in Palau during the 2010 warming event to see which, if any, were resilient to bleaching. The study found, counter intuitively, that nearshore reefs in sheltered bays had lower bleaching and mortality rates, even though they had higher average temperatures and naturally high levels of suspended sediments. Therefore, nearshore reefs should be given high conservation status because they provide refugia for coral populations as the oceans continue to warm. Read the full article here! (2.75MB PDF)

 

Welcome to the new PMRI website!

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PMRI is a non-profit environmental organization based on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. We are dedicated to working in partnership with Pacific nations, states, and communities to assess, monitor, and manage their precious biological resources for sustainable use.

The Pacific Marine Resources Institute has been going through a lot of changes lately- new board, new director, new projects- and we thought it was about time to update our website. So here it is! Enjoy

We Moved!

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Come check us out in our new office!   Suite 103 in the Gualo Rai Center between DEQ and Jay’s Restaurant.  Although we miss our views of the lagoon, we are loving our bigger, more professional office suite!