Hawaiʻi is, unfortunately, the “endangered species capital of the world.” Statewide, The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office lists more than 400 threatened and endangered species in the State of Hawaiʻi. Introduction of alien species and diseases has had a devastating effect on native plants and animals. A few that you may encounter while on the island of Hawaiʻi, that are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act, include:
Please keep your distance from these precious creatures. Fines will apply.
To report stranded /entangled marine mammals: 1-888-256-9840. Pursuit and feeding of marine mammals are prohibited by Federal Law. Do not attempt to touch, ride, or feed turtles or marine mammals. Limit your time observing an animal to ½ hour. Do not encircle or trap between boats or shore. If approached by a marine mammal while you are on a boat, put the engine in neutral and allow the animal to pass.
NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-853-1964 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
DOCARE (Dept. of Conservation and Resource Enforcement): 808-974-6208 (Hilo), 808-323-3141 (Kona), 808-887-6196 (Waimea)