Relatively little is known about the growth and maturity of commonly caught coral reef associated species within Hawaiian waters. We are working with local fish vendors and fishermen to characterize all the various reef species being caught and sold here in Hawai’i. Additionally, we are dissecting fish to determine the age, growth, and maturation of these species. This local life history information will then be used to improve the models used for stock assessments and allow managers to make more informed decisions regarding catch limits.
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Preliminary papio/ulua results: Papio_Brochure
Approximately 80% of captured Kona crabs must be released due to the current regulations restricting any take of females and males under a 4-in carapace length. This study determined the post-release mortality of discarded crabs based on common injuries suffered during the fishing process.
An experienced spotter pilot was utilized to locate and estimate biomass of akule schools surrounding the island of O’ahu for the 2015-2016 fishing season. The data were then used to create fishery-independent indices of abundance at varying temporal and spatial scales to compare with indices generated from catch and effort data.