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. Over the past year, our hotline has recorded over 3,500 sightings of protected marine species and more than 400 surveys of shorelines have been conducted by team members to provide critical data for endangered species research. 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 (over 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 56,000 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

  • Recording more than 3,500 sightings of protected marine species such as Hawaiian monk seals as well as sea turtles requiring intervention to capture important data concerning potential animal health issues, identification, location and behaviors.
  • Conducted over 400 shoreline surveys to collect important observations used in endangered species population research.
  • Team members engaged in shoreline responses, surveys, interventions, escalated support, outreach, education and other activity over 3,700 times (more than 10 times per day).
  • Performed Hawaiian monk seal and sea turtle related escalations, interventions or emergency responses over 60 times.
  • Members of the public engaged by team members over 56,000 times.
  • Volunteer and staff hours have logged over 16,500 of work activity (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)