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2010-08-23 12:15:00

Next month, scientists plan to monitor corals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for signs of bleaching. The reefs become stressed and expel the algae that live inside them when temperatures are warmer than usual.  This causes the corals to lose their color. Corals may die if this continues for extended periods, which could deprive fish of vital food and habitat. Monument deputy superintendent Randall Kosaki said Friday that researchers will study coral in the Papahanaumokuakea...

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2010-08-01 08:29:20

The UN's cultural and scientific body added a region of mountainous forests in Sri Lanka and an isolated archipelago off Hawaii to UNESCO's World Heritage list, officials said on Saturday. The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the two sites on Friday during a 10-day meeting held to revise the World Heritage list. The additions brought the number of environmentally and culturally unique sites considered important to our...

2009-10-28 14:37:34

Press release from PLoS ONE The North Pacific Ocean is now commonly referred to as the world's largest garbage dump with an area the size of the continental United States covered in plastic debris. The highly mobile Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), which forages throughout the North Pacific, is quickly becoming the poster child for the effects of plastic ingestion on marine animals due to their tendency to ingest large amounts of plastic. Reporting in the open-access journal PLoS...

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2009-09-09 13:35:00

NOAA scientists dove to new depths in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for the first time last month, venturing into never before seen territory. Divers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Hiialakai reached depths of 250 feet over the past month while studying reefs where no human had ever gone before. "We were seeing reefs that no human has ever laid eyes on before," Randall Kosaki, the research mission's lead scientist and diver, told the Associated Press. "We...

2009-08-03 16:00:03

A new oral vaccine against sylvatic plague is showing significant promise in the laboratory as a way to protect prairie dogs and may eventually protect endangered black-footed ferrets who now get the disease by eating infected prairie dogs, according to results by a USGS researcher at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas. This exotic disease is usually deadly for black-footed ferrets and...

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2009-08-03 05:45:00

The state of Hawaii is issuing heavy fines to local tour companies, and even the U.S. Navy, for damage caused to coral reefs. Nearly two years ago Hawaii began issuing fines as part of an effort to stop damage to coral reefs, which are critical to Hawaii's environment and tourism. "People are going to have to be more careful out here, because it if keeps getting damaged, we're going to lose it," said Laura Thielen, chairwoman of Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources, which determines...

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2009-06-12 11:25:00

The federal government is set to make a substantial expansion of the critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals to include beaches and waters of the main Hawaiian Islands on Friday. Environmentalists are saying that the addition is a necessity for ending the crisis of the monk seals. The monk seal is known to the native Hawaiians as "dog that runs through rough waters", however its name is derived from its round head covered with short hairs resembling a medieval friar. The monk...

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2009-05-22 07:39:41

A new NOAA report on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), protected by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, provides the sharpest picture yet of the region's marine life and ecosystems. Prepared by NOAA's National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, the report, A Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, examines the geographic distribution of the island chain's marine life and habitats, and the...

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2009-04-06 13:30:15

A new study by researchers from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) sheds light on how threats to the world's endangered coral reef ecosystems can be more effectively managed. In a recent issue of the journal Coral Reefs, lead authors Kimberly A. Selkoe and Benjamin S. Halpern, both of NCEAS, explain how their maps of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) "“"“ a vast area stretching over 1,200 miles "“"“ can be used to...

2009-03-24 09:30:00

Emmy Award-winning HD Multi-media Series Returns with Two New Specials on PBS Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures Returns with 'Sea Ghosts' (Belugas) premiering April 8, 2009 at 8pm 'Call of the Killer Whale' (Orcas) premiering April 22, 2009 at 8pm Robust Web and Education Presence Accompany Broadcast SAN FRANCISCO, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Traveling to extreme locations around the globe to reveal the mysteries of the ocean and its connection to our human world, Jean-Michel Cousteau...


Latest Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Reference Libraries

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2007-02-14 07:10:27

The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) in the Family Phocidae is an endangered marine mammal that is native to the warm, clear waters of the Hawaiian Islands. It gets its common name from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that the Hawaiian monk seal lives a more solitary existence, in comparison with other seals that in places collect in large colonies. The Hawaiian monk seal comes from ancestors...

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2005-06-08 17:07:42

The Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) is a large seabird that ranges across the North Pacific. This small albatross is the second most common seabird in the Hawaiian Islands, with an estimated population of 2.5 million birds, and is currently expanding (or possibly re-expanding) its range to new islands. It is named for Laysan, one of its breeding colonies in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Description The Laysan Albatross is easy to identify. In the North Pacific it is...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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