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NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
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Preparing to weight derelict net that had just been lifted onto the CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Scuba gear, remains of lunch, and derelict net on small craft prior to return to ship.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Pulling derelict net on board small craft for transport to CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Pulling derelict net on board small craft for transport to CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Experimental drifter buoy for determining currents within atoll lagoon. It has little above water profile to minimize wind transport and little below water profile to minimize reef dragging or collisions. This system was developed by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Green turtle skeleton entangled in derelict net.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Green turtle skeleton entangled in derelict net.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Green turtle skeleton entangled in derelict net.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Snorkeler on tow-board looking for debris.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Snorkeler removing entangled net from coral. There was always a diving partner observing ready to assist in the event of entanglement or other problems. Note emergency scuba tank in upper right of image ready for use if need be.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Snorkeler on tow-board looking for debris.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Derelict net entangled on reef with steel shackle that could cause reef damage.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Large derelict net entangled on reef.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Portion of large derelict net on surface while still entangled on reef.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Towing a big derelict net back to the CASITAS. This net weighed over 5000 pounds.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Derelict net debris being removed from inflatable boat and onto deck of CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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A big load of derelict net debris being loaded onto the deck of contract vessel CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Sorting and cataloging data on nets to identify source of net material. Also gathering information on whether natural fiber vs. artificial fiber.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Derelict net wrapped up on reef. This will kill reef-building animals as well as provide a locus for the growth of algae.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Lift bags bringing derelict nets to surface.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Lunchtime siesta after a hard morning of removing and loading derelict nets.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Snorkelers guiding a derelict net back to the inflatable boat for transport to the contract vessel CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Experimental drifter buoy for determining currents within atoll lagoon. It has profile to minimize reef dragging or collisions. This system was developed by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Green dye for determining current direction within Pearl and Hermes Atoll Lagoon. The dye will ground-truth the motion of the drifter buoy.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Putting debris in shipping containers for final disposition.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Scientist snorkeler gathering data on the effects of derelict nets on coral reefs.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Coral reef study area for determining the effects of derelict nets. The PVC piping is used to establish a rectangular grid.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Pearl and Hermes Atoll 2004 July
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Scuba divers removing derelict net from reef. The depth here was 30 feet. This debris pile was an agglomeration of a number of nets that had probably been swept together in the North Pacific Gyre.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Filling lift bags on agglomeration of nets from image reef3038.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Coming back to the CASITAS and quickly unloading the inflatable boats during a squall. Like all small boat work in remote areas, you always know what the weather is like when you put the boats over, but don't know what it will be like when they are picked up.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Hauling derelict nets on to an inflatable boat for transport to the CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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An endangered monk seal inspects a derelict net that was ready for loading on an inflatable boat.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Lift bags attached to large agglomeration of derelict nets. Once the nets were initially lifted off the bottom, divers would cut the agglomeration of net material into smaller units easing the transport and lift problems.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Major amounts of derelict nets taxed the ability of divers and equipment to bring to the surface. Many ingenious solutions were arrived at.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Cutting large pile of derelict net material. This was a dangerous operations requiring another diver to watch and monitor to assure that no one became entangled.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Lift bags attached to large agglomeration of derelict nets. Once the nets were initially lifted off the bottom, divers would cut the agglomeration of net material into smaller units easing the transport and lift problems.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Ready to transport a "monster load" of derelict net material back to the CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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A derelict net strung across a nearly vertical reef wall. Net material was cut around protrusions of living corals to assure minimal disturbance to the living reef.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Scientist diver studying effects of derelict nets on coral reefs.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Cutting out heavy reef substrate material from derelict net prior to lifting onto inflatable boat for transport to CASITAS.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Derelict net prior to cutting out reef substrate material prior to loading on inflatable boat.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Derelict net debris after cutting apart and floating free portion to surface.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Scuba diver cutting derelict net material free prior to floating free portion to surface. Diver in 20 feet of water.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Cardinal fish living at edge of net debris. Moray eels lived deep in net agglomeration and often were carried to surface posing hazard to individuals transporting net material as some were bitten.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Damsel fish living at edge of net debris. Moray eels lived deep in net agglomeration and often were carried to surface posing hazard to individuals transporting net material as some were bitten.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Monk seal cruising around a net debris pile on the bottom looking for a meal from fish living on the edge of the pile.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Monk seal hunting on edge of net debris pile.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Snorkeler inspecting net debris entangled on coral rock outcrop. Diver is in lower left corner.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Inflatable boat waiting for retrieval by contract vessel CASITAS on a squally day.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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A rainy squally day stops work early.
Northwest Hawaiian Islands

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