Protecting Marine Animals in the Pacific

We strive to ensure the recovery and survival of the protected marine species of the Pacific Islands Region for future generations. We are dedicated to protecting and recovering endangered and threatened species of sea turtles, monk seals and cetaceans through management, conservation, and recovery efforts, as well as public outreach and education.


Main management issues include marine mammal and sea turtle injury and mortality as a result of commercial and non-commercial fishing, coastal development, military operations and other ocean/beach usage. We also guide the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, working with various partners and volunteers to respond to live and dead stranded or distressed marine mammals in the main Hawaiian Islands under the authority of the  under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act. We also work with various partners and stakeholders to create effective outreach messages, brochures, signs and volunteer programs, as we believe that an informed public is integral to the protection and recovery of our protected species.

Species in the Pacific Islands


Rules & Regulations

Marine Mammal Protection

Marine Life in Distress

Viewing Marine Wildlife

Fishermen and Manager Resources

Educator and Student Resources




Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Critical Habitat Designation Map

This designation does not include most bays, harbors, or coastal in-water structures. Within this larger proposed area, NOAA Fisheries excluded 10…


Storymap: Protecting Marine Species in the Pacific Islands

Storymap that shows some of the important cases that NOAA Office of Law Enforcement in the Pacific Islands handled to protect and…


Hawaiian Monk Seal Critical Habitat Map

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the designation of critical habitat for a listed species when it is “prudent and determinable.&rdquo…



Main Hawaiian Islands Monk Seal Management Plan

The Hawaiian monk seal was listed as an endangered species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act on November 23, 1976 (41 FR 51611) and remains…


Draft False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan

The False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team developed the draft Plan to recommend regulatory or voluntary measures for the reduction of incidental…

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on November 12, 2019