Providing Science to Protect Marine Species

We provide the scientific foundation for the protection and conservation of Hawaiian monk seals, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles in the Pacific Islands.

Ship with melon-headed whales in foreground

Recovery and maintenance of healthy marine mammal and sea turtle populations and their habitats is part of NOAA Fisheries' broad responsibility for marine ecosystem conservation. Our research and monitoring programs are guided by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and international agreements. We conduct extensive research on Hawaiian monk seals, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles, including evaluating their life history and ecology, conducting population assessments, acoustic monitoring, and studies on rescue and rehabilitation efforts.



The Utility of Combining Stable Isotope and Hormone Analyses in Marine Megafauna Research

Biologist, Dr. Camryn Allen, examines sea turtle blood samples separated via centrifugation. The samples were collected from green turtles during…


Abundance Estimates for Management of Endangered False Killer Whales in the Main Hawaiian Islands

Effectively using the best available data to meet management mandates for endangered populations is a common conservation challenge. False killer…

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on February 22, 2019