Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Critical Habitat Designation Map

Designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whales in waters from 45 meters to 3,200 meters (49 to 3,500 yards) in depth surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands (from Ni‘ihau to Hawai‘i Island).

This designation does not include most bays, harbors, or coastal in-water structures. Within this larger proposed area, NOAA Fisheries excluded 10 areas from the designation due to economic and national security impacts. In addition, two areas are ineligible for designation because they are managed under the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan that was found to benefit main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whales. The total area proposed includes approximately 49,948 km² (19,280 mi²) of marine habitat.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 07/24/2018

Critical Habitat