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Journal of Micronesian Fishing: Issue 8

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JMF8_CoverThe Summer 2014 issue of the Journal of Micronesian Fishing is now available, featuring stories from Palau, Chuuk, Yap and the CNMI.

We are currently gathering content for our next issue, so if you have a great Micronesian fishing story or photograph to share, please email us at:  [email protected] !

You can find the Journal FREE in stores throughout Micronesia or check out our new “digital magazine” format on issuu.com HERE.

To download your own digital copy, click  HERE.

For past issues of the Journal, see our JMF webpage.

REPORT: 2013 Unprecedented Bleaching Event in Marianas

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Our partners at CNMI DEQ and the Guam Marine Lab report on the first known severe, widespread bleaching and mortality event across the three largest islands in the lower Marianas Archipelago: Guam, Rota, and Saipan. In 2013, 85 % of taxa on nearshore reefs showed signs of bleaching.  See HERE for the report recently published in Coral Reefs,  the Journal of the International Society for Reef Studies.  Reynolds Coral Reefs 2014

Journal of Micronesian Fishing: Issue 7

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The Fall 2013 issue of the Journal of Micronesian Fishing is now available, featuring stories from Kosrae,
Pohnpei, and the CNMI.  We are currently gathering content for our next issue, so if you have a great fishing
story or photograph to share, please email us at:  jmf(at)pacmares.com !

Find it in stores throughout Micronesia or check out our new online version by clicking the image below.  To download a digital copy (4.7MB PDF) click here.
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PMRI & Partners Conduct Social Science Training in Kosrae

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ConductingasurveyEFrom September 23 through October 3 2013, natural resource managers from Kosrae, Chuuk, and CNMI took part in a Socioeconomic Monitoring in the Pacific training (SEM-Pasifika).  In response to concerns related to climate change and community vulnerability, the group focused their efforts on the community of Walung.  During the ten-day workshop, participants visited the site three times. First they traveled to Walung and conducted key informant interviews to gain a better understanding of the site and the community.  The team then used the information to develop a household survey which sought to gather information and answer questions regarding Walung.  Participants then implemented the survey by walking house to house and speaking to members from every home. Questions addressed issues such as livelihoods, climate change knowledge, resource conditions and sustainable solutions.  Following the survey, the team analyzed the results and went back to Walung for a final visit to share the information gathered with the community.

Kosrae_SEMP_TeamThe training, in addition to building the capacity of participants, was also an opportunity to build regional relationships between resource managers as well as to provide suggested to provide support for the ongoing European Union Global Climate Change Alliance Project facilitated through the University of South Pacific, Pacific Center for Sustainable Development.

The training is the result of a partnership of a number of different organizations including The Nature Conservancy, Micronesia Conservation Trust, Pacific Islands Marine Protected Area Community, Pacific Marine Resources Institute, NOAA, Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization, Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority, and Yela Environmental Landowners Authority.

PMRI Intern Investigates Box Jellyfish on Saipan

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lr-05077ePMRI Intern Yoshihiro Yagi has taken on a new project investigating jellyfish.  His project is designed to gather general information about box jellyfish occurrences around Saipan. Through innovative social science research, Yoshi has been collecting information from a variety of sources including emergency room visits, tour operator interviews, tour operator injury/incident reports, and fishermen interviews.  Through hours of number crunching, the two main goals of the project are to determine the predictability of box jellyfish “blooms” and to determine whether or not box jellyfish numbers have been increasing over time.

This preliminary graph shows raw numbers of jellyfish stings recorded by a tour company (not adjusted for number of visitors) from 2008 – 2012.  Further investigation of this and other data will help build an understanding of box jellyfish on Saipan, and should eventually aid in the prevention of stings.

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