Protected Resources Division

how you can help

What Can I Do?

Be a Good Neighbor to Hawaiian Monk Seals

    • Don’t feed seals or discard old bait or scraps into the water
    • If you encounter a seal, take a short break or change locations
    • Reduce seal attractants in the water
    • Use a barbless circle hook
    • Follow the State of Hawaii lay gill net rules for your area

Assist Monk Seal Researchers

    • Participate in the Semi-annual Monk Seal Count. You can help the monk seal researchers assess the population of this endangered species by counting seals on beaches across all the main Hawaiian Islands.  For more information about this year’s dates and how to volunteer, contact your island's Marine Mammal Response Coordinator.
    • Report all daily monk seal sightings by calling your island's Marine Mammal Response Coordinator, or sending an email to

      Marine Mammal Response Coordinators:

                                    Oahu: 808-220-7802
                                    Kauai: 808-651-7668
                                    Molokai: 808-553-5555
                                    Maui / Lanai: 808-292-2372
                                    Hawaii Island – East: 808-756-5961
                                    Hawaii Island – West: 808-987-0765

Help Monk Seals In Need

  • Report stranded or entangled marine mammals. Call the national Marine Mammal Stranding and Entanglement Hotline:

  • Report monk seal harassment to NOAA Fisheries Law Enforcement: 1-800-853-1964

Inform Yourself and Others About Monk Seals


Volunteers help put up signs near hauled-out monk seals to help protect them from disturbance, and educate beachgoers about monk seal natural history and responsible viewing of this endangered species.  For more information or to apply to be a volunteer, contact your island's Marine Mammal Response Coordinator.

Pick Up Marine Debris On The Beach

Hawaiian monk seals have of the highest entanglement rates of any marine mammal! Help them by picking up marine debris on the beach and click here to learn more about marine debris and what you can do to prevent it. Entangled seal