NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette embarks on Hawaii marine ecosystem study
On Sept. 6, 2016, the West Hawaiʻi Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program embarked on a scientific expedition to the west coast of Hawaii Island. West Hawaii is a dynamic and highly productive ecological region and is home to diverse group of marine organisms including tropical corals and reef fishes, sea turtles, cetaceans and manta rays. The 19 scientists aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette will spend 20 days investigating the marine ecosystem and underlying oceanography of the region. Learn more about the expedition in this NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center story.