Hawai'i Coral Reef Network


Conducting fish surveys during QUESTMahukona, Hawai'i 


Because of the well developed reef Mahukona has been well studied by a wide variety of people. Since 1994, students from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo have conducted annual surveys of the corals, mobile invertebrates, and fishes as a part of an ecological monitoring course called QUEST .


The QUEST design involves collecting samples from two 50 meter transects in each of two areas: the reef flat at 3 m depth and the main reef at 10 m depth. Each year in May students resurvey the same areas and compare the data to previous years to look for changes in the coral community.

QUEST student records data on corals


Last update: 1/25/2005