About Hawaii’s Other Protected Marine Species

The federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) covers all marine mammals that may be encountered in Hawaii including all whales, all dolphins and Hawaiian monk seals.

In addition to the Hawaiian monk sea, Spinner dolphin and Humpback whale, the list of animals covered under the MMPA includes:

North Pacific Right Whale
False Killer Whale
Blue Whale
Fin Whale
Sei Whale
Sperm Whale
Blainville’s Beaked Whale
Cuvier’s Beaked Whale
Minke Whale
Bottlenose Dolphin
Pygmy Killer Whale
Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus)
Rough-toothed Dolphin
Short-finned Pilot Whale
Dward Sperm Whale
Pygmy Sperm Whale
Melon-headed Whale
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Striped Dolphin
Killer Whale

In addition to the protections contained in the MMPA, the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) also covers the following species.

Endangered animals:

Hawaiian Monk seal
Hawksbill Turtle
Blue Whale
False Killer Whale
Fin Whale
Blue Whale
Sperm Whale
Sei Whale
Northern Pacific Right Whale

Threatened animals:

Green Turtle
Loggerhead Turtle
Olive Ridley Turtle

Get The Responsible Viewing Guidelines Brochure

Review NOAA’s Fisheries Interactions Guidelines:
If you encounter a seal or turtle while fishing, please take a short break or change locations. This way you won’t lose your bait or tackle and these protected animals won’t get hooked.  Fishing with a barbless circle hook also minimize hooking injuries.  Guidelines have been developed to minimize the impacts of interactions with monk seals, turtles and Spinner dolphins. Review the guide for more information on how to avoid interactions.