Recovery Comes Slowly for Central Pacific Coral
- Russell Reardon pounds stakes into the substrate to secure an Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure (ARMS) in place. They are retrieved after three years. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Steve McKagan).
- Path for NOAA’s expedition. (Map: NOAA Fisheries/Tomoko Acoba)
- Time series showing the 2015-2016 El Niño warming event (red dashed box) at Jarvis Island. The red line shows the "Bleaching Threshold", which is defined as 1° C above the long-term maximum monthly mean temperature. (Figure: NOAA Fisheries/Jeanette Clark)
- NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai (Photo: NOAA)
- A Threadfin butterflyfish and a giant clam on the reef at Wake Atoll. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Benjamin Richards)
- Vibrant reef at Howland Island in 2015, before the period of abnormally high sea surface temperatures. Our upcoming surveys will be the first chance scientists have had to evaluate potential impacts of this event. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Brett Schumacher)
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- A small boat approaches the NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai, as another boat that just returned is carefully placed in its 'cradle' with a crane. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries)
- A tiny nudibranch (Cuthona sp.) from an ARMS, perched on a ruler revealing it is less than 3 mm long. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Evan Barba)
Nearly one year after prolonged high ocean temperatures caused devastating coral bleaching and loss in parts of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, NOAA scientists recently went back to check on their condition.