Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is an extremely active team that is engaged in protected marine species preservation and recovery efforts every day of the year. For example, during 2018 our hotline recorded over 3,700 sightings of protected marine species and we were involved in over 3,100 field response-related activities. Each field response is important to help species population research, to identify potential animal health concerns, to create a trail of important photo documentation and to build and reinforce public stewardship of our endangered, threatened and protected marine species. In addition, over 1,000 proactive surveys for animals, on often-times remote shorelines, offshore islets and near-shore waters covering more than 2,400 locations, were conducted by team members to provide critical data for research. During 2018 alone, our team was engaged in, or performed, over 260 stranding responses, rescues or animal interventions. Our activity helps save animals from injury or death caused by fishery interactions, disease and potentially harmful human and pet interactions. On any given 12-hour work day, our collective volunteer and staff activity was over 61 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 67,000 people during 2018 – with outreach and education so that people are better informed and more committed to doing their part in protected species stewardship.
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.
2018 Activity Highlights
- Recording over 3,700 sightings of protected marine species such as Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds requiring intervention to capture important data concerning potential animal health issues, identification, location and behaviors. During the year our team conducted over 3,100 field response-related activities.
- Conducted nearly 1,000 surveys at over 2,400 locations to collect important observations used in endangered species population research.
- Performed Hawaiian monk seal, sea turtle and seabird related escalations, rescues or emergency responses over 260 times.
- Members of the public engaged by team members over 67,000 times.
- Volunteer and staff hours logged over 22,000 of work activity (over 61 hours every day).