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Another Year Of Protecting A Precious Population

Hawaiian monk seal monitoring and recovery work in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was marked by partnerships, pups, and promise in 2023.
February 20, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Adult monk seal lying on the sand, eyes open, facing the camera, with a darker-colored pup on its left side, resting on a sandy beach with the ocean visible in the background. The pup’s right foreflipper is extended, touching the mother seal. Monk seal mother and pup on Hōlanikū (Kure Atoll). Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Sarah Glover (Permit #22677, PMNM-2023-001)

Decades of Insights: Monk Seal Researchers Share Unique Perspectives

Brenda Becker and Thea Johanos have studied endangered Hawaiian monk seals since the start of NOAA’s field work in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Forty years later, they are as dedicated as ever to the species’ recovery.
January 29, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Brenda Becker sits in the sand on a beach with four seals spaced a distance apart along the water’s edge. Her back is toward the camera, and she is leaning back, appearing to observe the seals through binoculars. Brenda Becker maintains a low profile while photographing monk seals so as not to disturb them. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Megan Ely (Permit #22677, PMNM-2023-001)

Collaboration Guides Completion of 2023 Seafloor Mapping and Coral Reef Assessments

Researchers share highlights from their 5-month mission in the central and south Pacific mapping the seafloor and assessing coral reef health and ocean conditions.
December 20, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A collage of photos shows schools of fish, vibrant reefs, scuba divers laying transects, and scientists sharing information with the public. A few of the highlights from the 2023 mission. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Managing and Conserving the World’s Largest Tuna Fisheries

The 20th Annual Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting concluded successfully, with the United States and Pacific nations reaching agreement on many issues.
December 19, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A large meeting taken place in an auditorium The 20th Annual Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting at the Te Are Kariori (National Auditorium) in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Millionth Spiny Superhero Released to Devour Hawaiʻi's Coral-Smothering Algae

One million sea urchins have now been deployed through the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources’ work in partnership with NOAA to restore corals after the M/V Cape Flattery grounded on an Oʻahu reef.
December 06, 2023 - Feature Story ,