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 in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, entanglement in marine debris and human interactions, especially in the main Hawaiian Islands.

With more than 30 years of research and management experience, NOAA Fisheries and partners are currently working across the archipelago to address the population decline.  Saving the species starts with individual seals.  because of their value to the population growth potential, many monk seal recovery efforts focus on young and reproductive females.

To learn more visit Species in the Spotlight.