The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the nonprofit Pacific Islands Fisheries Group will join up to speak with Maui bottom fish fishermen about research activities Wednesday at Maui Waena Intermediate School.
They will explain the team research to be done on a NOAA Fisheries Service boat that will be in Hawaiian waters for 10 days, said PIFG project manager Clay Tam.
The outing is a public/private partnership by NOAA and the group, which was organized to keep Pacific fishermen informed about resource management and fishery conservation issues, according to Tam and his organization's website.
The public informational meeting and workshop will be in the school's cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will explain in detail what kind of research and testing the team will be conducting, he said.
Mostly, scientists and various field experts will study the fish habitat and population and try out a number of new tools, such as a remote-controlled deep-sea underwater camera, Tam said. The team also will collect various biological samples, he said.
"We're really doing this to make sure fishermen and the public know what we are doing when they see us out there," Tam said.
Subjects at Wednesday's meeting include bottom fish tagging, acoustic assessments, the upcoming cooperative research and new annual quotas, according to the official notification.
For more information, call Tam at (808) 284-4390.