EXAMINATION OF THE MOVEMENT PATTERNS OF IMPORTANT RESOURCE FISHES IN THE MOLOKINI MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Alex Filous and Alan Friedlander
In the Molokini Shoal Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD), the University of Hawaii and the State of Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) initiated a collaborative research project that aims to investigate the movements of apex predators using acoustic telemetry. Specifically the giant trevally, the bluefin trevally, and the white tip reef shark.
This project is part of Molokini’s Conservation Action Plan (CAP). To date, the project has improved our understanding of apex predator movements in the MLCD. The information provided by this study is critically important to inform management and promote conservation of this unique ecosystem.
Preliminary data (February 2014) show:
- 23,493 detections from the acoustic tagged apex predators in the MLCD
- All 23 fish that have been tagged as part of this study are alive and transmitting data.
- The array has also recorded the movements of 10 tiger sharks in the MLCD that were tagged as part of the State sponsored tiger shark research on the Island of Maui.
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