Project report : HA-14-02, NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai, June 16 through July 10, 2014 in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI)
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Project report : HA-14-02, NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai, June 16 through July 10, 2014 in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI)
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    HA-14-02
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    The ship established monk seal field camps by transporting PSD personnel, equipment, and supplies to French Frigate Shoals, Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, Pearl and Hermes Reef, and Kure Atoll. The project also transferred supplies and personnel for American Bird Conservancy (ABC) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Nihoa Millerbird camp from Honolulu to Laysan Island, and transported personnel and supplies to Kure Atoll for the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). Day monk seal surveys at Necker, Nihoa, and Midway Atoll were conducted to census the monk seal population. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations took place at Nihoa Island, Necker Island, and French Frigate Shoals for protected species surveys, marine debris mapping, seabird surveys, and vegetation surveys. This was a pilot project in which PIFSC partnered with PMNM and USFWS to evaluate the effectiveness of the UAS for these surveys and to develop accepted standardized methodologies to maximize data products of the systems. Four young Hawaiian monk seals were translocated from sites in the NWHI to a rehabilitation facility in Kona, Island of Hawaii. Small boats were used to move seals from islands to the ship in stretcher nets. Once on board the ship, the seals were held in cages on the aft deck. While seals were on deck, limited access was allowed to maintain quarantine and seals were monitored by scientists 24 hrs. The seals will be rehabilitated in Kona until they are healthy enough for release back to the NWHI.
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