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  • April 21, 2014
    A panel of experts will meet May 19-22, 2014 to review how PIFSC conducts its stock assessments of highly migratory species such as tunas and billfishes; insular species such as bottomfish; and coral reef fishes. The panelists will learn how assessments are prioritized; and how results of assessments are communicated and utilized. More...
  • April 5, 2014
    Researchers from the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) are leading an expedition to develop fishery-independent methods of assessing the abundance of deepwater bottomfish around the main Hawaiian Islands. The bottomfish population supports important commercial and recreational fisheries in Hawaii. More...
  • March 17, 2014
    Researchers aboard the NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette departed Ford Island, Pearl Harbor today to conduct a cetacean forage survey in waters around the NOAA Kona Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) region off the western coast of the island of Hawaiʻi. More...
  • March 5, 2014
    Scientists of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center's Coral Reef Ecosystem Division embarked today on an 84-day mission aboard the NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai to study coral reef ecosystems around Wake Atoll, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). More...
  • February 4, 2014
    NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) is moving to the brand new NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC) at Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor. In this historic transition, we are leaving our present facility adjacent to the University of Hawaii (Manoa) campus on Dole Street, our primary home for over 63 years, and our other research locations at Kewalo Basin (over 55 years) and Kapiolani Boulevard (over 10 years). More...
  • January 10, 2014
    The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) program will be accepting applications from aspiring scientists for paid, professional scientific research experience, formal training and mentoring during summer 2014. Application deadline is February 28, 2014. More...
  • December 13, 2013
    In June, 2013 a panel of independent experts was invited by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center to conduct a comprehensive review of data used by the Center in stock assessments of tunas, billfishes, other pelagic fish species, bottomfish and coral reef fishes. The panel's report and Center's response are now available. More...
  • November 12, 2013
    PIFSC scientist Erin Oleson and colleague Robin Baird have organized a December 7th workshop on the science and conservation of dolphins and other toothed whales (the group of cetaceans known as odontocetes) that occur in Hawaiian waters. More...
  • October 31, 2013
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • October 22, 2013
    In June, 2013 a panel of independent experts was invited by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center to conduct a comprehensive review of data used by the Center in stock assessments of tunas, billfishes, other pelagic fish species, bottomfish and coral reef fishes. Details of the agenda and presentations by PIFSC scientists have been posted here...
  • July 19, 2013
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    2013 Summer Intern Symposium

    On July 24, 2013, sixteen undergraduate university scientists will present results of their recent summer studies at a special symposium. The symposium at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) involves summer interns from the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Young Scientist Opportunity Program and the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program and students from UHM involved in scientific research. The event is co-sponsored by the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at UHM and PIFSC. The presenters are undergraduates from colleges across the country including Colby College, College of William and Mary, Eckerd College, Hawaii Pacific University, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Smith College, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, and University of Rhode Island.

  • July 8, 2013
    During May 20-22, 2013, over 30 scientists, marine resource managers and community members met in Saipan to identify key topics of ecological, environmental, and social science for a 5-year research implementation plan to achieve goals of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Ecosystem Science Plan. More...
  • June 28, 2013
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • May 31, 2013
    A panel of experts will meet June 25-27, 2013 to examine the current programs and practices of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center for collecting, managing, vetting and providing the data needed to support scientific assessments of fish stocks in the Pacific Ocean. More...
  • May 8, 2013
    The PIFSC Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program has submitted a permit request to continue the Center's efforts to mitigate Galapagos shark predation on monk seals at French Frigate Shoals (FFS) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. More...
  • April 24, 2013
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • April 9, 2013
    The PIFSC Science Plan, completed in March 2013, provides a comprehensive framework for organizing and prioritizing the Center's research and monitoring activities. More....
  • February 5, 2013
    Long a centerpiece of the Center's conservation outreach efforts, the Barbless Circle Hook News is now available online. The new digital format provides ready access to the latest information about the use of barbless circle hooks in Hawaii's shoreline recreational fishery, including photos and catch news reported by anglers. Read the BCH News.
  • February 1, 2013
    The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) program is accepting applications from aspiring scientists for paid, professional scientific research experience, formal training and mentoring during summer 2013. Application deadline is February 28, 2013. More...
  • January 30, 2013
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    NOAA Fisheries Launches Science Program Reviews
    To help ensure the quality, integrity, credibility and transparency of our science, NOAA Fisheries has established a program to conduct systematic, public peer reviews of scientific programs across the agency. To begin the annual process, experts from outside NOAA Fisheries will examine data collection programs at PIFSC and other Science Centers that are the foundation for fish stock assessments. In subsequent years, other science topics will be reviewed. Read details at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/science-program-review/
  • January 22, 2013
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    Striped Marlin Stock Assessment Peer-reviewed and Released
    The Billfish Working Group of the International Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC) has issued a new stock assessment for striped marlin in the North Pacific. A detailed report of the analysis was authored by U.S. members of the scientific working group as a PIFSC Internal Report and peer-reviewed by a trio of independent experts.

    The Internal Report was tabled and adopted this week as an Information Paper at the Billfish Working Group meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is available on the ISC website. Reports by the peer-reviewers are posted on the PIFSC website.

  • December 11, 2012
    Keith Bigelow, a fishery biologist at NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, has been named the NOAA Fisheries Employee of the Month for December 2012. More....
  • November 30, 2012
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    Coral Species Proposed for Endangered Species Act Listing
    NOAA announced on Friday, November 30th its proposal to list 66 species of corals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Details on the proposed listing are available on the NOAA Fisheries website at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/11/82corals.html. A period of public comment on the proposed rule and further agency deliberation are now underway with the final NOAA decision to be made next year.

    The proposal to list the 66 species was aided by a Status Review prepared in 2011 by a Biological Review Team of federal experts headed by a PIFSC scientist. The Status Review report can be downloaded here. In addtion, PIFSC led a special scientific workshop last summer to gather further information on the coral species. The workshop report can be found here.

  • November 26, 2012
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • November 21, 2012
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    NMFS Rules on Status and Protections for Hawaii False Killer Whales
    After review of new biological data (1.1 MB PDF) by an expert scientific panel and consideration of public comment, NOAA Fisheries has concluded that the main Hawaiian Islands insular population of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) is an endangered distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also issued rules to reduce the mortality and serious injury to false killer whales in Hawaii-based pelagic longline fisheries. Details of the findings, decisions and supporting information are available on the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office website at http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/.
  • November 14, 2012
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    Status Review of Bumphead Parrotfish
    In response to a petition to list the Bumphead Parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries established a Biological Review Team (BRT) of expert federal scientists to conduct a comprehensive status review of the species. In October 2012, the agency published its decision on the petitioned action, as described here on the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office website. Accordingly, the BRT report (6.9 MB PDF) is now being released to the public.
  • October 12, 2012
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    Public Comments Welcome on PIFSC Draft Science Plan
    Your comments are welcomed on the PIFSC draft Science Plan (0.4 MB PDF). This plan is our effort to update our view of priority tasks for the next five years. Comments should be sent to the PIFSC Directors Office by November 15, 2012.
  • September 26, 2012
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    NOAA Fisheries Participates in Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival
    NOAA Fisheries will have 5 booths at the annual Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival, hosted by the Pacific Islands Fishing Group in Honolulu at the Pier 38 Fishing Village on Sunday, October 7, 2012, from 9 am to 4 pm. The festival is attended by more than 25,000 residents and visitors annually and provides an excellent opportunity for NOAA Fisheries to interact with the community and talk about who we are, what we do and how we do it. In addition to activities for keiki and Fisheries Science 101 for all ages, this year we are highlighting the use of barbless hooks to reduce interactions with protected species and the technology used in bottomfish research.
  • August 17, 2012
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • July 23, 2012
    Today, President Obama named PIFSC Scientist Kyle Van Houtan as a recipient of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. More...
  • July 18, 2012
    On June 18th, NOAA convened the Pacific Islands Corals Science Workshop to solicit expert and public input on the science relevant to NOAA Fisheries' pending decision on whether to list 82 corals under the Endangered Species Act. The workshop presentations and summary report are available here.
  • July 17, 2012
    NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette just completed a month-long research expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. During the mission, a team of 17 scientists collected and removed 50 metric tons of marine debris from the coral reef ecosystem, reducing threats to Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and other marine life. More...
  • July 2, 2012
    The PIFSC 2011 Year in Review describes the Center's strategic focus and recent achievements of research scientists and support staff. More...
  • May 30, 2012
    On June 18th, NOAA will hold a scientific workshop concerning NOAA Fisheries' review of 82 species of corals considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). More...
  • April 20, 2012
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • April 13, 2012
    NOAA has released a technical report detailing a comprehensive biological status review of 82 species of coral. The review was conducted in response to a petition to list these species under the Endangered Species Act. Access the report here.
  • February 7, 2012
    On Sunday, January 29, an adult male Hawaiian monk seal known as KE18 was carefully removed from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands where his aggressive behavior had caused serious injury to young seals and posed a threat to their survival. KE18 was transported to Honolulu on a U.S. Coast Guard C-130. He will temporarily reside at the Waikiki Aquarium while officials continue to evaluate other options. More...
  • December 12, 2011
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • October 31, 2011
    On Saturday, November 26, a workshop on the science and conservation of dolphins and other toothed whales (the group of cetaceans known as odontocetes) that occur in Hawaiian waters will be held at the Tampa Convention Center, in Tampa, Florida as part of the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. More...
  • October 7, 2011
    The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to host the Cooperative Institute (CI) in the Pacific Islands Region as part of a five-year award with funding up to $95 million. The Pacific Islands Region CI, one of 18 NOAA CI's across the country, will be known as the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR). More...
  • September 15, 2011
    A panel of independent experts reviews and evaluates the Center's approaches to research on sea turtle population modeling, population monitoring and by-catch mitigation. More...
  • September 14, 2011
    The Symposium on Kona's Marine Ecosystem: Past, Present and Future will be held September 15-16, 2011 9:00am-5:00pm at the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. More... (0.1 MB PDF)
  • August 23, 2011
    A team of researchers attempting to lethally remove a problematic male monk seal from the population at Kure Atoll abandoned the effort as the seal remained out of reach. More...
  • August 10, 2011
    After careful consideration of alternative solutions, NMFS scientists and resource managers decided to attempt the lethal removal of at least one aggressive male monk seal at Kure Atoll to improve survival of seal pups in the area. More...
  • July 18, 2011
    The online Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • June 22, 2011
    The PIFSC 2010 Year in Review describes the Center’s strategic focus and recent achievements of research scientists and support staff. More...
  • May 9, 2011
    Monk Seals in Your Neighborhood is a series of events put on by the NOAA Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Region. The purpose of these events is to educate the public about the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Keiki and adults will be able to learn about this special animal, native to the Hawaiian Islands, through fun activities, science exhibits and life sized monk seal models. NOAA Fisheries scientists and staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain the science behind management efforts to recover the population. This event will be a great opportunity to find out more about monk seals and what people can do to help recover the population.
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  • March 28, 2011
    Images from an overflight of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on March 23, 2011 show the aftermath of the Honshu tsunami
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  • March 18, 2011
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.
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  • March 4, 2011
    Symposium on Kona's Marine Ecosystem: Past, Present and Future to be held September 15-16, 2011 9:00am-5:00pm at the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
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  • February 15, 2011
    Announcing the release of a PIFSC Internal Report with information on the latest MHI "Deep 7" bottomfish catch and forecast.
    [read report (0.1 MB PDF)]
  • November 1, 2010
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.
    [read bulletin]
  • October 27, 2010
    PIFSC scientist Dr. Jeffrey Polovina is recipient of the 2010 Wooster Award in recognition of his significant contributions to marine science in the North Pacific.
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  • October 22, 2010
    The PIFSC 2010 External Review provided an expert critique of the Center's data management practices.
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  • October 14, 2010
    A team from the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center removed over 400 lbs of marine debris from waters of the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
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  • August 4, 2010
    International Symposium on Circle Hooks in Research, Management and Conservation to be held in Miami, Florida from May 4 to 6, 2011
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  • July 19, 2010
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.
    [read bulletin]
  • July 7, 2010
    The PIFSC 2009 Annual Report describes the Center's strategic focus and recent achievements of research scientists and support staff.
    [read report]
  • June 2, 2010
    Travel funding is available for new U.S. academic participants in the October meeting of PICES. Details on the meeting and how to apply for funding are available in this flyer.
    [read flyer]
  • May 14, 2010
    A new NEPA document from the Protected Species Division is available for public review and comment at our NEPA Documents page
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  • April 14, 2010
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.
    [read bulletin]
  • January 12, 2010
    The new PIFSC Student Intern Program is accepting applications from qualified college students for paid, professional work experience and mentoring during summer 2010. Application deadline is March 31, 2010.
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  • December 18, 2009
    National Saltwater Angler Registry to begin accepting online and telephone registrations on January 1, 2010
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  • November 19, 2009
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
    [read bulletin]
  • August 24, 2009
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
    [read bulletin]
  • August 14, 2009
    2009 External Review provides expert critique of the Center's pelagics research programs.
    [read review]
  • April 27, 2009
    PIFSC Student Intern Program (PSIP) offers qualified college students professional work experience and formal training opportunities. Application deadline for the Summer 2009 program is May 15.
    [more]
  • April 17, 2009
    The PIFSC 2008 Annual Report describes the Center's strategic focus and recent achievements of research scientists and support staff.
    [read report] (14.4 MB, pdf)
  • March 18, 2009
    The Quarterly Research Bulletin highlights recent research activities and accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
    [read bulletin]
  • May 12, 2008
    NOAA Fisheries and Agency Partners Work Together to Rehabilitate Abandoned Monk Seal Pup.
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  • March 4, 2008
    New research at PIFSC has confirmed that in all major, mid-ocean subtropical gyres, warming of surface waters is occurring and is accompanied by expansion of areas with low biological productivity.
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  • February 6, 2008
    The Coral Reef Ecosystem Division is preparing a final report of the extensive Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP) research conducted in American Samoa by PIFSC scientists and their partners during 2002-2006. The final report will be published and disseminated later this year. Meanwhile, a draft version of the report is available for downloading.
    [read report]
  • September 21, 2007
    NOAA Research Discovers Wintering Humpback Whales in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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  • June 12, 2007
    Let's Talk Turtles Outreach Event Draws Enthusiastic Crowd on the Island of Hawaii.
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  • April 6, 2007
    Captive Care and Release Project Seeks to Aid Recovery of the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.
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  • April 6, 2007
    2007 External review of PIFSC programs highlights recent success of Center research and identifies new challenges and opportunities.
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  • April 2, 2007
    Honolulu Residents and Visitors Celebrate 200 Years of NOAA with a Weekend of Fun and Education in Waikiki.
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  • February 1, 2007
    PIFSC Scientists Provide Real-World Perspective to University Students of Marine Conservation Biology.
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  • January 31, 2007
    NOAA is celebrating 200 years of science, service, and stewardship. A special NOAA 200th Celebration Web Site shows how the NOAA legacy was shaped by the National Marine Fisheries Service and its predecessor agencies. The Web site explores the history of NOAA and recognizes NOAA's top 10 breakthroughs including the ECOPATH model developed by PIFSC scientist Jeffrey Polovina as a tool for ecosystem analysis. It also features several current NOAA programs in marine stewardship including the PIFSC Marine Debris Program in the central Pacific Ocean.
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  • November 30, 2006
    A new PIFSC brochure describes the Center's mission, history, organization, research programs, and more.
    [read brochure] (1.6MB, PDF)
  • October 24, 2006
    A new NOAA Fisheries brochure urges caution in public viewing of wild spinner dolphins.
    [read brochure] (123KB, pdf)
  • October 17, 2006
    Rehabilitated Twin Monk Seals Returned to Their Home at Midway Atoll.
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  • October 11, 2006
    Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Third Scientific Symposium Proceedings Published
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  • April 18, 2006
    PIFSC Scientists Join Colleagues in Symposium Discussions of Climate Variability and North Pacific Ecosystem Impacts
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  • March 20, 2006
    Center scientists awarded NOAA Bronze Medals for outstanding achievement
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  • August 10, 2005
    The NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE held a successful "Kona Community Day" and "Science Night"
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  • July 29, 2005
    The NOAA Fisheries Service comes to Kailua-Kona for "Kona Community Day" and "Science Night"
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  • July 11, 2005
    Rescued divers returned safely to Honolulu after chartered marine debris cleanup vessel Casitas grounded at Pearl and Hermes Atoll
    [more]
  • July 5, 2005
    PIFSC/JIMAR Divers and Crew of the Chartered Marine Debris Cleanup Vessel Casitas Safe after Grounding at Pearl and Hermes Atoll
    [more]

Press Releases

  • August 5, 2008
    Scientists Use Naval Exercises to Learn More About How Marine Mammals React to Sonar
    [more] (36KB, pdf)
  • July 30, 2008
    NOAA Offers Reward For Information On Sea Turtle Poaching
    [more] (76KB, pdf)
  • June 27, 2008
    NOAA: Seven Stocks Removed from overfishing List, None Added
    [more] (35KB, pdf)
  • June.27, 2008
    Commerce Announces 2008 Ocean Fishery Council Appointments
    [more] (36KB, pdf)
  • May 15, 2008
    Pacific Islands Region News Release: MONK SEAL PUPPING SEASON IN FULL SWING: Main Hawaiian Islands Experiences Boom in Number of Newborns
    [more] (45KB, pdf)
  • May 5, 2008
    Pacific Islands Region Media Availability: UPDATE ON MONK SEAL PUP ABANDONED ON KAUAI: Pup Brought Into Captive Care Rehabilitation
    [more] (25KB, pdf)
  • May 3, 2008
    Pacific Islands Region News Release: UPDATE ON MONK SEAL PUP ABANDONED ON KAUAI: Pup Brought Into Captive Care Rehabilitation
    [more] (27KB, pdf)
  • March 6, 2008
    NOAA Press Release: Study shows ocean "deserts" are expanding.
    [more] (33KB, pdf)
  • September 20, 2007
    Marine National Monument Press Release: Journal Findings Highlight New Discoveries in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    [more] (591KB, pdf)
  • June 29, 2006
    NOAA Press Release: Commerce Announces 2006 Ocean Fishery Council Appointments
    [more] (44KB, pdf)
  • May 27, 2006
    Pacific Islands Region News Release: Rare Set of Monk Seal Twins Brought to Honolulu, Researchers Hope to Give Pair a Good Head Start
    [more] (37KB, pdf)
  • April 27, 2006
    NOAA Fisheries Press Release (NOAA06-046): NOAA Fisheries Service Releases Final Report on 2004 Stranding of Melon-headed Whales in Hawaii
    [more] (40KB, pdf)

The Center in the News

  • June 8, 2005
    Northwest islands trip yields preservation data
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  • June 2, 2005
    NOAA's Sea turtle research gains additional recognition
    [more]
  • May 1, 2005
    NWHI maritime archaeology, ecosystem connectivity, mapping and coral disease expedition 2005
    [more]

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