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Monk Seals Tied to Land and Sea: A Look at Critical Habitat Monk Seals Tied to Land and Sea: A Look at Critical Habitat
August 05
Hawaiian monk seals are on a path toward extinction unless we take steps to protect them. Accordingly, in 2008 KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, and Ocean Conservancy petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate the beaches and coastal waters around the main Hawaiian Islands as critical habitat for the seal. The seals can no longer survive in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands alone; they are dying from starvation, and only one of every five pups born there will survive to adulthood. The main islands are also needed for their recovery. With critical habitat designation in the remote and main islands, and implementation of recovery actions, the seals have a chance.
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Ocean Protection

Learn more about KAHEA's programs and campaigns to protect our beach, reefs, and ocean.

surfersHawai`i’s ocean is an incredible resource, an irreplaceable part of the public trust. At its shores, we surf, fish, gather and play.

Today, Hawai`i’s ocean areas are facing numerous threats, including land-based pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Inappropriate new schemes to expand commercial fisheries, patent living resources, multiply corporate off-shore aquaculture development, and develop massive new resorts are also on the table.

Better governance and a better future for our oceans is possible! To date, we have successfully won protections for thousands of square miles of ocean and nearshore areas thorughout the archipelago.

We are working with communities through Hawai`i to protect reefs and beaches, prevent industrialization of our open ocean areas, restore healthy fisheries, ensure the future survival of Hawai`i's endangered ocean animals, like the highly endangered Hawaiian monk seal, `īlioholoikauaua.


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