Scientists See Impacts of Fishing on Age of Fish

There’ll be more testing and analysis in the lab of biological samples collected in the recent expedition by NOAA Fisheries to research understudied fish species in the Samoan archipelago before scientific data can be published.

US scientists spent about three months collecting fish species from near shore seas here and in Samoa and their home base was the research vessel Oscar Elton Sette.

Scientists and students from both Samoa joined parts of the expedition.

Last week, some of the scientists who took part in the research and Mr. Chad Yoshinaga, NOAA Fisheries’ lead man in the Pacific Region, shared their findings with local partner agencies and resources owners.

The lead scientist, Dr. Joseph OMalley,  said while there’s more analysis needed in the lab, there’s new findings to report.

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