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NOAA seeks protections for dolphins

Many residents and visitors of Hawaiʻi enjoy encounters with wild spinner dolphins in the sandy bays of the islands.  What some aren’t aware of is that these pods of dolphins, even though they seem to be awake and playful, are actually resting.  Spinner dolphins are nocturnal, foraging in deep offshore waters for fish and small [...]
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Hawaiʻi Island Community Members Critical to Transporting 1,300-Pound Stranded, Endangered Whale

For Immediate News Release December 18, 2015 HAWAII ISLAND COMMUNITY MEMBERS CRITICAL TO TRANSPORTING 1,300-POUND STRANDED, ENDANGERED WHALE People urged to report strandings immediately HAWAI‘I ISLAND – Scientists are applauding the efforts of a Hawaii Island resident and an education specialist from the DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) for their efforts to transport a [...]
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Species in the Spotlight: Hawaiian Monk Seal

NOAA Fisheries highlights Hawaiian monk seal as one of the “Species in the Spotlight.” The Hawaiian monk seal is endemic to Hawaii, meaning they are native and not found anywhere else in the world.  Only about 1,100 seals are left and their population is still declining.  Hawaiian monk seals face threats that include food limitations [...]
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New Hawaiian Monk Seal Critical Habitat Rule Supports State Role in Protecting Endangered Native Species

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is pleased that NOAA has incorporated state input into the new rules aimed at further protection for the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal by focusing protection on areas most important for foraging, pupping and resting. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently finalized the rule that identifies [...]
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Here Is How We Save the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Civil Beat – February 14, 2015 – by Trisha Kehaulani Watson   They are a source of delight as they frolic in the water or snooze on the beach and a source of controversy when they steal bait from a fisherman’s hook. But there is no controversy over the fact that Hawaiian monk seals are [...]
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