NOWRAMP Expedition Initial Results

PREDATOR DOMINATED REEFS:


The most important finding from a fisheries perspective was the size and
abundance of large apex predators, such as sharks and jacks, in the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands compared to the main Hawaiian Islands. These species
represent much of the biomass (overall weight of fish) observed on the
reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and as a result likely have
a major influence on how the remainder of the fish populations are organized.
These jacks as well as native snappers Aprion virescens (uku), are highly
prized food and recreational resources in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI)
but have suffered from extreme overfishing in recent years.