Our Current Projects
Informing conservation from ridge-to-reef in Vanuatu
Expansion of coastal development, along with wastewater discharge and fertilizers, can harm coral reefs and their fisheries through increases in sediment and nutrient runoff. Consequent reef degradation directly affects ecological resilience, food security, human well-being, and cultural practices in tropical island communities around the world. To determine where management on land can most effectively support current community-led efforts to restore reef health and abundance, we are building a fine-scale, linked land-and-sea computer model that integrates existing land-use with coral reef condition and fisheries health.
Hāʻena post-flood ecological assessment
This project seeks to quantify observed changes in the fish community in response to the road closure resulting from the extreme flood event in April 2018. The perception of the community was that fishes in the area, particularly fishery species, became more abundant in response to the cessation of tourist activity in nearshore waters. To address this question, we have conducted surveys of fish abundance, behavior, and benthic (coral and algae) cover, and human use before and after the road closure.
Pūpūkea Coral and Fish Assessment: 2010 - 2019
The State of Hawaii created the Pūpūkea-Waimea Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD) on the north shore of the island of O‘ahu in 1983 (and expanded in 2002) to conserve the unique ecological resources of the area and to allow for public interaction with the marine environment. Scientific monitoring of fish and benthic communities in the Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD has occurred over the years since its expansion with the most recent comprehensive surveys occuring in 2010. At the request of Malama Pūpūkea-Waimea (a non-profit community organization that conducts outreach and monitoring) Seascape Solutions replicated the 2010 surveys inside the MLCD in order to 1) evaluate changes in coral cover and 2) quantify changes in coral reef fish assemblages over time at Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD