Mariana Islands – 2017

MARAMP Expedition Details

Dates: April 2 – June 21, 2017

Divers: Chris Sullivan (Leg 1), Lindsay Bonito (Leg 2), Chris Sullivan (Leg 3)

Lead Organization: NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program

Photo credit: James Morioka

Expedition Summary

100 IC team members participated on the most recent HMA-RAMP expedition to assess sites across the Mariana and Pacific Remote islands during the summer of 2017. As described by the CREP partners, “This expedition is part of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. This long-term, integrated program of coral reef ecosystem monitoring and assessment is designed to provide a consistent, comparable flow of information to document and report the status and trends of environmental conditions and living resources of the nation’s coral reef ecosystems and of the people and processes that interact with them. This work by scientists, aboard the HiĘ»ialakai, to investigate coral reef resources around the main Hawaiian Islands also complements long-term coral reef monitoring efforts of local agencies.”