Chile’s newest marine reserver

Chilean sandpaper fish shelter in a coral cave now part of the new marine reserve.

Chile has created the largest marine reserve in the Americas in the waters around the Desventuradas Islands. contain many marine species found nowhere else on Earth. The Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, about the size of Italy, constitutes about eight percent of the ocean areas worldwide declared off-limits to fishing and governed by no-take protections. The area sits a two day boat […]

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live streaming of Hawaii’s bizarre deep-sea ecosystems

Hoplostethus crassispinus - in the same genus as, and related to the Orange Roughy. Unlike the Orange Roughy, this fish lives a somewhat solitary existence, whereas the Orange Roughy schools – which has contributed to the species’ being overfished in some places. There is a general sense that these fish have a level of curiosity because they often retreat into holes when imaged, but then turn around to investigate the investigator. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana.

For the month of September, NOAA is live-streaming its exploration of some of the most unexplored and remote waters around the Hawaiian islands. The “Hohonu Moana”, Hawaiian for “Deep Ocean”, expedition is using remotely operated vehicles to discover a very colorful and rich world of coral, fish and bizarre creatures in and around the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Hohonu Moana […]

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