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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 (updated 7/21/2015)
    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(updated 7/29/2015)
    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...
  • May 8, 2015
    On May 8 a team of cetacean observers, acousticians, and oceanographers will depart Guam to start the Mariana Archipelago Cetacean Survey (MACS). The team is led by Dr. Erin Oleson, the Leader of the PIFSC Cetacean Research Program (CRP), and most of the CRP staff, researchers from the University of Hawaii and Southeast Fisheries Science Center, as well as an undergraduate student in Natural Resource Management from Northern Mariana College. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • 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
  • 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