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Protected Species Division

The mission of the Protected Species Division is to provide the scientific foundation for conservation of Hawaiian monk seals, cetaceans and sea turtles in the Pacific islands. More...

News and Highlights

  • October 2, 2015
    I am sorry to announce that a seal died during a routine procedure while the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP) was conducting research and recovery work in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. On September 17, the team captured a 13-year-old adult male monk seal as part of our general health assessment research at Laysan Island. More...
  • August 24, 2015
    NOAA Fisheries has launched a new informational hub for the Hawaiian monk seal as part of the "Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive" initiative, an agency-wide effort to highlight the eight NOAA-protected species most at risk of extinction. Visit the Species in the Spotlight: Hawaiian Monk Seal page and check back frequently for the latest news on the Hawaiian monk seal. More...
  • August 16, 2015
    On August 16th of 2015, The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette departed Pearl Harbor, Oahu to support science conducted by the Ecosystems and Oceanography Program and the Cetacean Research Program of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • July 31, 2015
    Last September at the end of our field effort in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program team collected 2 malnourished weaned pups (1 each from Kure Atoll and Laysan Island) for rehabilitation. More...
  • July 31, 2015
    During the 2015 Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program field camp deployments to the NWHI in May and June via the NOAA ship Hiʻialakai, two undersized, newly weaned pups were discovered at Pearl and Hermes Reef. More...
  • July 31, 2015
    In efforts to remove hazards to wildlife and prevent debris from becoming washed back into the ocean, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research program (HMSRP) partnered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a non-profit organization, to clean marine debris from beaches in the Northwestern Hawaiians Islands. More...
  • July 31, 2015
    In June, the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region held a 4-day Science Camp at NOAA's Inouye Regional Center in Pearl Harbor, for the second year in a row. A total of 45 eighth grade students participated in learning and applying various research techniques used to study the marine environment and the organisms that live there. More...
  • July 31, 2015
    On April 6-17, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program hosted an international workshop at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center to collaborate on all aspects of the biology and conservation for both Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • December 21, 2015
    Ecological aspects of marine turtles impacted by ocean debris: a 1989 perspective
    Balazs GH, Choy BK
    [1990] In: Shomura RS and Godfrey ML (eds.). Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Marine Debris, April 2-7, 1989, Honolulu, Hawaii, p. 718. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-154
  • December 18, 2015
    A review of the demographic features of Hawaiian Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas)
    Balazs GH, Van Houtan KS, Hargrove SA, Brunson SM, Murakawa KK
    [2015] Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(2): 119-129
  • November 17, 2015
    Conservation considerations revealed by the movements of post-nesting green turtles from the Republic of the Marshall Islands
    Parker DM, Balazs GH, Frutchey K, Kabua E, Langridik M, Boktok K
    [2015] Micronesica 2015(3): 1-9.
  • September 21, 2015
    Revised stock boundaries for false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) in Hawaiian waters
    Bradford AL, Oleson EM, Baird RW, Boggs CH, Forney KA, Young NC
    [2015] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum, NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-47, 29 p. DOI: 10.7289/V5DF6P6J
  • August 7, 2015
    Settlement, colonization, and succession patterns of gold coral Kulamanamana haumeaae in Hawaiian deep coral assemblages
    Parrish FA
    [2015] Marine Ecology Progress Series 533: 135-147. DOI: 10.3354/meps11390
  • July 27, 2015
    Causes of mortality in green turtles from Hawaii and the insular Pacific exclusive of fibropapillomatosis
    Work TM, Balazs GH, Summers TM, Hapdei JR, Tagarino AP
    [2015] Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 115: 103-110. DOI: 10.3354/dao02890