People. Science. Environment.

Journal of Micronesian Fishing: Issue 8

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 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

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

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) !

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.

PMRI & Partners Conduct Social Science Training in Kosrae

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

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.


New Publication: Yap Seagrass Assemblages

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

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

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


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

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:

Photo by Ian Shive

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!

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