NOAA, local fishermen mark decade of tracking ‘Deep Seven’

  • Courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    The Deep Seven bottomfish are tough to catch but highly valued.

  • Courtesy of the fishing vessel Yukie-Lynn

    Onaga (long-tail red snapper) specimens are studied by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists keen on answering questions surrounding the life history of these and other Deep 7 bottomfish.

  • Courtesy of the fishing vessel Yukie-Lynn

    Keoki Rapozo gazes across the water while surveying deep seven stock between Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.

  • Courtesy of the fishing vessel Yukie Lynn

    Kevin De Silva helms the F/V Yukie-Lynn.

  • Courtesy of the fishing vessel Yukie-Lynn

    Marvin Lum broke a state record when he hauled in this 34.3-pound onaga.

LIHU‘E — A decade after teaming up, Hawai‘i fishers and federal researchers are days away from completing their annual survey of the Deep Seven, some of the most culturally important and challenging fish to catch in the state.

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