About Our Team

About Our Team

Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is an extremely active and dynamic team that is engaged in protected marine species preservation and recovery efforts every day of the year. On average, members of our volunteer and staff team are active performing field response to sightings, surveys, interventions, escalated support, outreach. education or dispatch tasks over 10 times per day (nearly 3,700 times during the past year). In any given 12-hour work day, our collective volunteer and staff activity is greater than 45 hours. Not only does our work have a critical and positive impact on species preservation and recovery but it also results in our ability to reach tens of thousands of people – more than 76,000 people in the past 12 months – with outreach and education so that these people are better informed and committed to do their part in protected species stewardship. During the past year the dedicated activity of our volunteers has contributed a workforce value of over $320,000 – better than a 3 to 1 return on investment from the federal government funding we receive.

The preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s protected marine species is not work that has a start and end. It must continue indefinitely so that future generations can enjoy, respect and support these unique and important marine animals – some of the incredible natural resources that make Hawaii so special. With your support, we can not only continue, but can expand the important work we do now and into the future.

Past Annual Activity

  • Protected marine species sightings: over 4,500
  • Team members engaged in shoreline responses, surveys, interventions, escalated support, outreach, education and other activity:  over 3,700 times
  • Hawaiian monk seal and sea turtle related escalations, interventions or emergency responses: over 50
  • Members of the public engaged:  over 76,000
  • Volunteer and staff hours: over 16,500 (more than 45 hours every day)

Our mission is to support the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s protected marine species and the coastal ecosystem we share.

You can make a difference and help preserve Hawaii’s protected marine species!  Click here to find out how.

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.”
– Chief Seattle (Suwamish Tribe, 1786-1866)