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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

  • July 2, 2015
    The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program will be conducting a monk seal vaccination drill July 15-17, 2015. This drill will occur on Oahu and throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. More...
  • July 1, 2015
    A panel of experts will meet July 27-31, 2015 to review the PIFSC science that informs stock assessments of marine mammals and marine turtles. The panelists will learn about protected species science information needs, priorities and research activities that are relevant to current programs. The review panel will provide input on ways to improve the quality of marine mammal and marine turtle science programs. More...
  • May 18, 2015
    The NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai will sail from Honolulu on May 18, 2015, for a 22-day mission to the northwestern Hawaiian islands (NWHI) to study the endangered Hawaiian monk seal population. The research will support NOAA's efforts to recover the seal population. More...
  • January 20, 2015
    While many were enjoying the New Year's Eve festivities, a medical team (including 2 veterinarians and a human surgeon) performed a lifesaving surgery to remove a swallowed fishhook from 12-year old adult male seal RE74, also known as Benny. RE74 was born on Kauaʻi in 2002 and is most often observed on Oʻahu and occasionally on Molokaʻi. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • June 24, 2015
    Tracking male loggerhead turtle migrations around southwestern Japan using satellite telemetry
    Saito T, Kurita M, Okamoto H, Uchida I, Parker D, Balazs G
    [2015] Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(1): 82-87. DOI: 10.2744/ccab-14-01-82-87.1
  • June 8, 2015
    Migrations and conservation implications of post-nesting green turtles from Gielop Island, Ulithi Atoll, Federated States of Micronesica
    Kolinski SP, Cruce J, Parker DM, Balazs GH, Clarke R
    [2015] Micronesica 2014-04: 1-9
  • June 8, 2015
    Injury determinations for humpback whales and other cetaceans reported to NOAA response networks in the Hawaiian Islands during 2007-2012
    Bradford AL, Lyman E
    [2015] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-45, 29 p. DOI: 10.7289/V5TX3CB1
  • April 13, 2015
    Nonnative seashore paspalum, Paspalum vaginatum (Poaceae), consumed by Hawaiian green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas): Evidence for nutritional benefits
    McDermid KJ, Lefebvre JA, Balazs GH
    [2015] Pacific Science 69(1): 48-57. DOI: 10.2984/69.1.3
  • April 13, 2015
    Acoustic tagging and monitoring of cultured and wild juvenile crimson jobfish (Pristipomoides filamentosus) in a nursery habitat
    Parrish FA, Hayman NT, Kelley C, Boland RC
    [2015] Fishery Bulletin 113(3): 234-241. DOI: 10.7755/FB.113.3.1
  • April 7, 2015
    Cetacean monitoring in the Mariana Islands Range Complex, 2014
    Hill MC, Oleson EM, Ligon AD, Martien KK, Archer FI, Baumann-Pickering S, Bendlin AR, Dolar L, Merkens KPB, Milette-Winfree A, Morin PA, Rice A, Robertson KM, Trickey JS, U AC, Van Cise A, Woodman SM
    [2015] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-15-003, 61 p. + Appendices