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Training Program Teaches How to Identify Indo-Pacific Corals

NOAA Fisheries’ Coral Species Identification Training Program provides free workshops and resources on how to identify Indo-Pacific corals.
July 24, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Pink white large-polyped with light tentacle tips. Euphyllia paradivisa coral at Tutuila, American Samoa. Credit: Douglas Fenner

Mission on the High Seas: Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey

A large-scale survey to better understand the populations and habitats of whales, dolphins, and seabirds is kicking off! Join us for the 5-month journey by following along our story map and regular updates.
July 24, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A pod of eight rough-toothed dolphins swim together along the surface of the ocean. Rough-toothed dolphins observed during HICEAS 2017. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Andrea Bendlin (Permit #20311)

Meet Joe Arceneaux, Fisheries Observer Trainer

One of NOAA Fisheries’ first observers in the Pacific Islands region, Joe has spent decades training observers to collect data on our fisheries. 
July 21, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Selfie photo of Joe Arceneaux wearing a hat. Credit: Joe Arceneaux

Genetic Study Finds Reef Manta Rays Stay Close to Home

A new study reveals that reef manta rays in Hawaiʻi have small populations that are genetically distinct and vulnerable.
July 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A reef manta swims over a coral reef with a boat on the surface of the water in the distance behind it. Reef manta ray visiting a reef in South Maui, Hawaiʻi. Credit: Hawaiʻi Association for Marine Education and Research/Mark Deakos

$1 Million for Sea Turtle and Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation in the Pacific Islands

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office proposes funding for more than a dozen international and Hawaiʻi-based projects that help the recovery of sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals.
June 16, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Project staff standing in a sand hole removing nested turtle eggs and placing them on the top surface to count. A field ranger with the Buru Island leatherback turtle project excavates a nest to collect data on hatching success to measure reproductive output. Credit: Yayasan World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia/Dicky Bisinglasi

Recovering Endangered Indo-Pacific Leatherback Turtles

NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center spearheads international efforts to research and protect leatherback turtles in the Pacific Ocean.
June 15, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A leatherback turtle swimming in the waters of the Kei Islands, Indonesia. A leatherback turtle swimming in the waters of the Kei Islands, Indonesia. Credit: WWF-Indonesia/Brian Rayanki (Photo taken under international permit)

Protecting Leatherbacks Across the Globe

How two U.S. agencies collaborate together and with other countries that host leatherback nesting beaches.
June 14, 2023 - Podcast ,
Leatherback turtle in the Kei Islands Leatherback turtle in the Kei Islands. Credit: Scubazoo/Jason Isley

Return to Lalo: Turtle and Seal Biologists Deploy to Papahānaumokuākea for the 2023 Field Season

Field researchers return to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to monitor Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles at Lalo.
June 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Map of the Hawaiian Archipelago of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument being outlined (original and expanded). A map of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument with the atoll, Lalo, circled in orange. Credit: NOAA