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A community meeting is planned about a proposed habitat protection area for False Killer Whales in the state.

Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).
Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).

On the Diamond Head end of Waikīkī, crowds of up to a hundred people have been reported along the boundaries set up on Kaimana beach to protect a monk seal and her pup.  The pup, born between June 27 and 28, is growing and getting stronger, prompting new and broader warnings from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hurricane Season Forecast for the state was announced today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and files this report.   

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Wikimedia Commons

An assessment of Hawaii’s reef fish populations shows that 11 species are possibly overfished.

James Watt
James Watt

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has been named as co-trustee to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  The area is the largest fully protected conservation area in the US, encompassing 583,000 square miles of ocean, small islands, and atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  It's home to more than 7,000 marine species, a quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago.  It’s also a significant cultural site to Native Hawaiians, containing both historical and spiritual places.

Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum
Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have named a fish after President Obama.

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Richard Fisher / Flickr

Several species of humpback whales have been removed from the endangered species list.

This week, the National Marine Fisheries Service reclassified humpback whale species into 14 different categories.  9 of those were removed from the list or reclassified as threatened and that includes species found in Hawaiian waters.

The agency had previously classified all humpback whales as a single population… saying they were all endangered.

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Wikipedia Commons

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is requesting $9 million to fund local projects around the country to benefit fish habitat restoration projects.

The Community-based Restoration Program distributes funding to seventeen different costal and marine habitat restoration efforts.

Town Square: Expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Jun 22, 2016
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USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr

  Town Square: Senator Schatz sent his proposal to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to the President for his consideration. But what do both conservationists who liked the original idea and the fishermen who opposed it say about this new proposal? 

The Conversation: Thursday, May 5th, 2016

May 5, 2016
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Large-Scale Composting in Hawai‘i County; The Outlook for Hawaiian Monk Seals; Transgender Students in Hawai‘i Schools; Turning Wartime Trauma into Art

Hawaii County Bill 197, RE: Composting Facility: Councilmember Karen Eoff

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oceanexplorer.noaa.gov

A new species of octopus has been discovered in deep waters further up the Hawaiian chain.

Researchers aboard the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos discovered the creature at a depth of 4,000 meters.  Scientists were studying a connection between Necker Island and its ridge when they came upon the animal sitting on a flat rock.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Today on Bytemarks Café, join us as we take a voyage to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. We'll talk to researchers on the NOAA vessel Okeanos and learn about their mission and what they expect to discover.

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Christopher Michel / Flickr

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will remain in its current form.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had proposed broadening the sanctuary to include a larger area and the protection of other species.

But after a lengthy process including public hearings and discussions with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, NOAA has decided to withdraw its proposal.

Allen Tom is the Regional Director of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Michelle Barbieri
Michelle Barbieri

An abandoned monk seal pup is now being cared for in Kona.

The emaciated pup was found on Monday during a survey being conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Ni‘ihau.  Rescue workers who discovered the seal waited to see if the seals mother would return.  When it was clear she was gone, they arranged for the seals transport.  The Robinson family and the US Coast guard transported the pup to the Ke Kai Ola monk seal rehabilitation facility in Kona.

Critical Habitat Expanded for Hawaiian Monk Seals

Aug 20, 2015
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Flickr/Jim Mullhaupt

More protections are on the way for the Hawaiian monk seal. Federal officials issued a final rule on the marine mammal’s critical habitat, expanding it by nearly 7,000 square miles. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the new rule could go a long way in helping the endangered species survive.

Read the full ruling here:

NOAA Prepares for Hawaiian Monk Seal Vaccinations

Jul 22, 2015
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Flickr / Geordie Mott

Measles is a virus often associated with children. But a form of measles could threaten one of the state’s critically endangered marine mammals. And that’s got officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration jumping into action. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Flickr / kimubert

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is moving forward with a joint federal-state plan to manage Hawai’i shorelines. The current draft is creating quite a stir in Hawai’i Kai. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Saving a Species, One Monk Seal at a Time

Apr 6, 2015
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt

Two endangered Hawaiian monk seals have been nursed back to health at the Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital. After spending the past five months at the Kona facility, they were recently returned to their home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, this success story is important in maintaining the survival of this critically endangered species.

The Whales are Back! First Humpback Spotted off Kauai

Sep 17, 2014
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NOAA

  Hawaii said aloha to the first of its winter vacationers. The first humpback whale of the season was spotted Monday in waters off of Kaua‘i. Chandra Bertsch is the general manager of the tour company Holo Holo Charters. 

The sighting was two weeks earlier than last year, when the first whale was spotted October 4. But it’s not the earliest -- 2 years ago humpbacks were seen as early as late August.

NOAA's New Eye in the Sky

Jul 8, 2014
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oceanservice.noaa.gov

 NOAA has a new eye in the sky over the islands.

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using unmanned aircraft to improve research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 

The Puma is a small thirteen pound aircraft that is launched from the Hi’ialakai research ship. It’s quipped with video and infrared cameras that are mounted on a 360 degree gimbal. It flies ahead of the team and takes pictures and video of everything from monk seals to marine debris.

Todd Jacobs is the Puma project manager.