The HMAR Mission: To undertake substantial actions that result in the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s protected marine species and the ecosystem we share.
- Our Field Response and Survey Teams spend thousands of hours each year responding to sightings and searching for animals of concern to document their condition, identify potential health issues and record other data needed for species population and recovery research. We are involved in animal intervention activity, stranding support and marine animal rescue to enable medical treatment and rehabilitation. Our actions save protected marine animals from deaths and injuries caused by disease, hookings, entanglement in marine debris and potentially dangerous or inappropriate interaction with humans and pets. We engage with the public to teach sustainable human,pet and fishery behaviors to improve public stewardship for these animals and long-term species recovery.
Our Outreach and Education Team works in schools, and with residents, visitors and commercial operators to teach people about Hawaii’s protected marine species and actions we can all take to support marine animal and coastal ecosystem conservation and stewardship.
Our Dispatch & Reporting Team manages telephone hotlines that receive thousands of calls every year from the public and government agencies so that we can mount the most appropriate field response action needed. This team also records and shares data obtained by our Field Response Team with government research and species management partners to help conservation and recovery efforts.