Protecting Marine Species in the Pacific Islands

September 21, 2018

NOAA OLE in Hawaiʻi has had numerous successes conserving marine wildlife.

Two males holding and harassing a turtle in their hands at the beach.

Two men holding and harassing a Hawaiian green sea turtle on the beach on a Hawai'i Island beach.

In 2009, someone shot and killed a pregnant Hawaiian monk seal on the island of Kaua'i. NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement investigated the incident and brought the man responsible to justice. Nearly a decade later, when a different person posted onto Instagram videos of himself harassing a Hawaiian monk seal and a green sea turtle, NOAA OLE officers quickly jumped on the case.

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship and conservation of national marine resources, including marine species protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. While the agency prefers to educate the public about these animals to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place, NOAA OLE will step in to enforce the laws when education is not enough.

The storymap below showcases some of the important cases that NOAA OLE (and its enforcement partners) in Hawai'i worked on. These cases help ensure marine life in the Pacific Islands are around for future generations to enjoy.

Check out the interactive storymap, which will be updated occasionally to include new, important cases as they arise. 

 

Insight

Understanding Marine Mammal Protections

Learn how NOAA Fisheries protects all marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Pod of killer whales.