Protected Resources Division

We are responsible for protecting marine mammals and recovering endangered and threatened species in the region. Through management, conservation and species-specific recovery efforts, and public outreach and education, we promote the survival and recovery of protected marine species.

We evaluate the status of species to determine whether they are threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. For these species, we engage in recovery planning, critical habitat designation, and other conservation and management activities that promote species recovery.

We consult with other federal agencies to ensure their activities don't jeopardize the continued existence of listed species and work closely with partners to achieve recovery for those species. We implement several programs to conserve and protect populations of marine mammals in the Pacific Islands Region, including efforts to reduce the "take" of marine mammals in commercial fisheries and maintain a robust Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Network.

Hawaiian monk seal in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Management and Conservation to Promote Recovery
Appropriate regulations and management strategies are necessary to mitigate the adverse effects of human activities on protected species. Protected resources management issues include marine mammal and sea turtle injury and mortality as a result of commercial and non-commercial fishing, coastal development, military operations and other ocean/beach usage.

Stranded Hawaiian spinner dolphin off Magic Island, Oahu.

Strandings and Response
We work with various partner organizations and volunteers to respond to live, injured and dead stranded or distressed marine animals (sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins and whales) in the main Hawaiian Islands under the authority of the MMPA and ESA.

Honu Guardian volunteer program at Laniakea beach, Oahu.

Outreach and Education
An informed public is integral to the protection and recovery of our protected species. We work with various partners and stakeholders to create effective outreach messages, brochures, signs and volunteer programs.

Report Marine Animals
Report marine animal (sea turtle, monk seal, dolphin and whales) emergencies, strandings or sightings.

Hawaii State-Wide Hotline

American Samoa
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (684) 633-4456

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
NOAA Field Office (670) 285-7908

Division of Fish and Wildlife Hotline (670) CTRTLES (287-8537)

Conservation Office Hotline
(671) 688-DAWR (3297)

Non-emergency contact or inquiries, please email

Last updated: March 2018