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2021 Partner in the Spotlight: Diane Pike

In 2021, we recognized partner Diane Pike for expanding and enhancing recovery of Hawaiian monk seals—one of our most imperiled marine species.
March 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Diana Pike on the right with NOAA Fisheries colleague on the left on the beach with a rainbow in the background Diane and colleague Mark Sullivan of NOAA Fisheries on a hike out to La'au Point, Moloka'i. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Meet Jamie Thomton, Kauaʻi Marine Mammal Response Coordinator

Jamie talks about his path to NOAA, recounts a mission to disentangle a humpback whale, and explains what Whale Week means to him. 
February 16, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Picture of Jamie Thomton on a beach in Jamie Thomton in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Jamie Thomton in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Must-Read Pacific Islands Stories of 2021

Highlighting successful stories this past year that showcase our ongoing commitment to the science and stewardship of the marine environment in the Pacific Islands.
January 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Adult monk seal and newborn pup on a public beach. Hawaiian monk seal RK96 and her pup rest in Waikīkī. Credit: Hawaii Marine Animal Response.

$500,000 Available for Coral Restoration Projects in Honor of Coral Researcher Dr. Ruth Gates

As part of our efforts to restore resilient coral ecosystems, NOAA is announcing the availability of funding for coral restoration in 2022.
November 12, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Outplanting staghorn coral Outplanting, or planting coral fragments grown in nurseries back onto reefs, is a type of restoration activity.

Snorkelers Fined for Pursuing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

Settlements for harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins.
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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Six Reasons Why You Should Not Swim with Wild Spinner Dolphins

Would you swim with wild spinner dolphins if you knew that they were trying to sleep?
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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Tour Operator Fined for Harassing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

A judge fined a tour operator $2,500 for illegally harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Natural resources officers with the State of Hawai'i investigated dolphin tour operator Casey Phillips Cho for harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins, which is illegal.
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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