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.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on March 13, 2019