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    Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Connectivity

    Analyses of DNA obtained from reef fish, invertebrates and corals are important in examining the genetic connections of populations across the Hawaiian Archipelago. Using tiny biopsy samples collected through the Hawaiian Islands researchers can determine if populations are genetically linked to better understand the extent of population connectivity. This important information helps managers understand the range and extent of a population so that it can be effectively managed to help maintain ecosystem function.

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