Marine Science Research

Exploring the Northwest Hawaiian Islands with the National Marine Fisheries Service

Carol Berini and Jami Johnson, graduates in Marine Biology, worked with the Honolulu Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service assessing the crustacean fisheries in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

The remote and little-known Northwest Hawaiian Islands extend over 1200 miles northwest of the major islands of the Hawaiian Ridge and comprise two thirds of the coral reef environments in Hawaii.

Carol and Jami participated in a month-long expedition to the chain of small islands and coral atolls that comprise the Northwest Hawaiian Islands this summer on the NOAA research vessel R/V Oscar Elton Sette. They conducted their own research projects in support of the overall objective of protecting the health of the commercial fisheries in the northwest Hawaiian Islands and used the data collected in the summer for their honors research projects.