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.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on December 04, 2018