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New Study Reveals Most Impactful Threats to Main Hawaiian Islands Monk Seals

Researchers categorized the causes of seal deaths since 1992 to determine which are most harmful to the recovery of this endangered population.
December 17, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Three monk seals rest on a beach near each other

2020 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Field Season Highlights: Celebrating Partners

Research on Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles continued in these remote islands, despite unprecedented challenges this year.
November 19, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Picture of Green sea turtles and a Hawaiian monk seal at Mokumanamana. Green sea turtles and a Hawaiian monk seal at Mokumanamana in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Brenda Becker.

The Impacts of Ghost Nets on Coral Reefs

Researchers use structure from motion photogrammetry to measure the damage that lost or discarded fishing nets cause to coral reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
September 25, 2020 - Feature Story ,
2250x1687-2018.09.28-Coral-Reef-Scar-StevenGnam.jpg The marine debris team removing a large derelict fishing net from the reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll. The impact area of the net can be seen as a pale patch on the coral reef in the upper right corner of the image. Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Steven Gnam.

Hawaiian Monk Seal Translocation Project Improves Survival

Research on Hawaiian monk seals shows that moving a young seal to a safer location significantly improves its survival.
August 28, 2020 - Feature Story ,

NOAA Fisheries Cancels Remaining Hawaiian Islands Surveys for 2020

The annual Hawaiian monk seal and sea turtle field season deployment, a portion of the main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish survey, and the main Hawaiian Islands corals assessment are cancelled for 2020.
August 05, 2020 - Agency Statement ,

No Free Meals for Hawaiian Monk Seals

Spearfishers can protect their catch and endangered Hawaiian monk seals by never feeding a seal.
July 30, 2020 - Feature Story ,

Newly Weaned Seal Pup Needs Community Help to Grow up Safe and Wild

A recently weaned Hawaiian monk seal pup is using the waters and shoreline along the Kaiwi Coast and NOAA and partners are requesting beach goers and ocean users keep their distance, refrain from beach driving, and keep dogs on a leash.
May 22, 2020 - Feature Story ,

Pohaku Chronicles: Podcast #4

Hear from Dr. Michelle Barbieri and Ms. Angela Amlin as they discuss the latest on Hawaiian monk seal Pohaku.
April 20, 2020 - Podcast ,
RO28 swimming in on-site rehabilitation pool

Pohaku Chronicles: Podcast #3

Hear about the monk seal Pohaku's continued path to recovery while being cared for by partners at Ke Kai Ola. Listen to researchers answer questions about toxoplasmosis and more!
March 19, 2020 - Podcast ,
RO28 swimming in on-site rehabilitation pool

Hawaiian Monk Seal Population Saw Signs of Recovery in 2019

Latest update looks at the Hawaiian monk seal population, pups and juveniles, and threat mitigation from the 2019 field season; highlights need for continued conservation.
March 18, 2020 - Feature Story ,