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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

  • August 22, 2014
    In June, monk seal field teams began their 3-month deployment at 5 of the 6 main NWHI (French Frigate Shoals, Laysan and Lisianski Islands, Pearl and Hermes Reef, and Kure Atoll; excluding Midway Atoll). More...
  • August 22, 2014
    As a reminder, monk seals are endangered, wild animals and people should act responsibly and not approach them. Fishermen are encouraged to avoid fishing when a seal is observed in the area and to use barbless hooks to minimize injury from accidental hookings of seals and other non-target animals, including turtles. More...
  • August 22, 2014
    Building on the successful outreach program developed last year by Barb Mayer (a US Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer), Barb organized a repeat performance with 4th to 6th grade students at ʻIolani and Punahou Schools' summer programs. More...
  • August 22, 2014
    This year there was a full symposium dedicated to the "Science, Conservation and Conflict: Efforts to Recover the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal" on July 16th. There were 6 presentations which covered the current population status, trends and recovery efforts; More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • August 26, 2014
    Summary of sea turtle strandings in the main Hawaiian Islands (1975-July 2014)
    Murakawa SKK
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Internal Report, IR-14-029, var. pag
  • August 11, 2014
    "Going with the flow" or not: evidence of positive rheotaxis in oceanic juvenile loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) in the South Pacific Ocean using satellite tags and ocean circulation data
    Kobayashi DR, Farman R, Polovina JJ, Parker DM, Rice MH, Balazs G
    [2014] PLoS ONE 9(8): e103701. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103701
  • August 11, 2014
    NOAA Deep-sea Coral and Sponge Research and Management Priorities Workshop for the Pacific Islands Region, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 22-23, 2014.
    Parrish FA, Wagner D, Jayewardene D, Kelly C, DeMello J, Breuer E
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Administrative Report H-14-03, 10 p. + Appendices
  • July 23, 2014
    Hitchhikers reveal cryptic host behavior: new insights from the association between Planes major and sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean
    Pfaller JB, Alfaro-Shigueto J, Balazs GH, Ishihara T, Kopitsky K, Mangel JC, Peckham SH, Bolten AB, Bjorndal KA
    [2014] Marine Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-014-2498-3
  • July 22, 2014
    Geographic variation of persistent organic pollutants in Hawaiian monk seals Monachus schauinslandi in the main Hawaiian Islands
    Lopez J, Hyrenbach KD, Littnan C, Ylitalo GM
    [2014] Endangered Species Research 24: 249-262. DOI: 10.3354/esr00602
  • June 26, 2014
    Variability in reception duration of dual satellite tags on sea turtles tracked in the Pacific Ocean
    Parker DM, Balazs GH, Rice MR, Tomkeiwicz SM
    [2014] Micronesica 2014-03: 1-8