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Oceanic Whitetip Sharks: A Plan for Recovery

Oceanic whitetip sharks, once abundant across the globe, are now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. However, a forthcoming recovery plan is designed to help bring this species back from the brink.
An oceanic whitetip shark swims in the middle of the ocean. An oceanic whitetip shark swims near the surface of the water. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.

Coral Reef Fish Predictably Change With Depth, Except When People Are Present

A new study reveals that human impacts are changing our understanding of patterns in reef-fish communities across ocean depths.
November 28, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Multiple schools of colorful fish blanket a coral reef. Fish community on a reef offshore of Baker Island, a remote equatorial island. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jeff Milisen

FY 2024 Received Prescott Grant Proposals

For the fiscal year 2024, 66 proposals were received from 21 states and 1 Tribe. The total amount of federal funding requested was $8,262,854. These proposals met the minimum requirements and will be considered for funding.

Local Talent and Indigenous Knowledge Key to Restoring Hawaiʻi Coral Reefs

Threats to coral are increasing and the involvement of the local community is imperative. With funding through NOAA’s underserved community grants, Kuleana Coral Restoration graduated their first cohort of local and Native Hawaiian ocean conservationists.
October 30, 2023 - Feature Story ,
COAST participants prepare for one of their first restoration dives. From left to right: Baylee Jackson, Pono Okimoto, Denise Oishi (instructor) Ciara Ratum, and Makaio Villanueva. COAST participants prepare for one of their first restoration dives. From left to right: Baylee Jackson, Pono Okimoto, Denise Oishi (instructor) Ciara Ratum, and Makaio Villanueva. (Photo: Blake Nowack/Kuleana Coral Reefs)

Restorative Aquaculture for Hawaiian Kūmū

Oceanic Institute is developing technology to raise a Hawaiian goatfish species in captivity to try to help declining wild populations.
October 26, 2023 - Feature Story ,
One white goatgish and three red kumu fish swimming. Kūmū, or Hawaiian whitesaddle goatfish, at Kure Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries/James Watt

Enter our ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest!

K–12 students are invited to celebrate threatened and endangered species in the Pacific Islands region with our annual art contest! Winning artwork will be featured in an exhibition and online.
October 20, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A watercolor and colored pencil drawing of resting mother and pup Hawaiian monk seal Resting Mother and Pup Hawaiian Monk Seal by Claire P., Northern Mariana Islands, from the 2022 Share the Shore and Sea Youth Art Contest.

Working Towards Zero-Waste Seafood

Conservation International Hawaiʻi and Chef Hui are hosting a series of dinners during Seafood Month to promote zero-waste seafood in Hawaiʻi.
October 11, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Fish cut up into sections. Our partner Conservation International-Hawaiʻi is hosting a series of zero-waste seafood dinners for Seafood Month. Credit: Nami Kaze

Learn How to Fish From the Pros in Hawaiʻi

A new short video series taps fishing and boating experts to teach novice fishers the ins and outs of fishing in Hawaiʻi.
October 06, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A close-up photo of a fishermen holder a colorful fishing lure. Generational fisher Butch Farm explains how to choose the right lure for pelagic fishing. Credit: Pacific Islands Fisheries Group