As part of our research of movement patterns of
large sharks in the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands, we have now initiated a shark and ulua
(large jacks) acoustic monitoring program at
Midway Island. Midway is considered one of the
northern most islands of the Hawaiian
Archipelago and is the site of the famous WWII
battle. A few years ago, the atoll was turned
over the US Fish and Wildlife Service by the US
military and incorporated into the National
Marine Sanctuary program.
Last summer (2001) we spent 2 weeks at Midway
tagging Galapagos sharks (Carcharhinus
galapagensis) and tiger sharks (Galeocerdo
We are looking at their movement patterns around
the atoll by placing acoustic monitors at key
locations. Next summer we will also tag large
jacks (ulua) to examine their movement patterns
around the atoll.
This project is supported by National Marine
Fisheries Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service,
Performance Diver, and Keene Engineering.