The Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS, pronounced "high-seas") is a large-scale ship survey for cetaceans (whales
and dolphins) and seabirds within the U.S. waters of the Hawaiian Islands. Our study area is approximately 1.8 million square nautical
miles (2.5 million km2), including waters surrounding all Northwest and Main Hawaiian Islands out to 200 nmi offshore. Waters
within this 200 nmi boundary around the Hawaiian Islands are referred to as the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, or "EEZ." HICEAS 2017 took
place between July 6 and December 1, 2017, a total of 179 days at sea.
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