2018 Was Another Big Year for HMAR

Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is the largest Hawaii-based nonprofit marine species conservation and response organization. Since our founding in 2016, we have worked on the islands of Oahu and Molokai with our team of dedicated volunteers, interns and staff that are supported by private donations, corporate funding and government grants.

We focus our efforts on protected marine species in Hawaii that are most likely to be impacted by human-related threats due to their natural behaviors and habitat. These animals include the rare and endangered Hawaiian monk seal, threatened green and endangered hawksbill sea turtles and several marine seabird species. Our government partners include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the State of Hawaii.

We work to achieve our mission through activity every day of the year that impacts our three key objectives: (1) growing active and engaged community support, (2) managing and increasing the populations of protected marine species, and (3) saving animals that need help. At HMAR we believe it’s important to measure our progress on these three objectives by tracking our “Key Operations Indicators” so we can be confident that our programs are having the largest impact possible.

Thousands of times each year, our field response, outreach, education, escalations, rescue and stranding support activities help us move towards our vision of Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem shared in sustainable harmony by humans and protected marine animals such as Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds.

Here are our Key Operations Indicators for 2018.

  • We received over 3,700 calls into our hotlines. These calls were to report sightings of protected marine animals, many of which were animals in need of support. This represents a 54% increase in monthly hotline activity since 2016 and shows that our work to raise awareness of protected marine animal issues is having a positive effect. People care more so they call more.
  • HMAR team members were engaged in field response-related activities more than 3,100 times. This is a 34% increase in monthly field response activity since 2016 and shows we’re out there in the field assessing the condition of animals, looking for animals of concern, finding animals that may have a health problem, collecting important data for research and conducting outreach.
  • We performed over 260 Hawaiian monk seal, sea turtle and seabird escalations, interventions and rescues. This is a 491% increase in monthly activity since 2016 and shows our work is helping to save animals in need.
  • Our volunteers and staff worked over 22,000 hours. This is equivalent to more than 61 hours each 12-hour work day and a 39% increase in monthly work hours since 2016. We’re accomplishing more because we are working harder than ever.
  • Our team members engaged in outreach or education activity with members of the public over 67,000 times.  This is an 80% increase in monthly outreach and education activity since 2016. We’re creating active supporters of our protected marine animals, and the people we meet are taking actions to help the animals and our critically-important ocean ecosystem.

Help us continue this important work.  Donate to our cause or join our volunteer team.  Click HERE to learn more.  

We thank you for your support!