Expedition underway at Marine National Monument

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Maritime archeologists are conducting a 29-day research expedition at the Papahanaumokukea Marine National Monument.

Archaeologists will work to identify and assess shipwreck sites for the purposes of management and preservation.

"These maritime archeology surveys will provide information about the monument's shipwrecks, contribute to historic preservation and highlight historic resources for public outreach," said Kelly Gleason, monument maritime archeologist and chief scientist for the expedition.

Scientists will study the genetic relationships of corals in the monument and tag apex predators, mainly large jacks, snapper and sharks to document patterns of space utilization in and between reefs.