192 Maʻalaea Road, Wailuku, HI, 96793 info@mocmarineinstitute.org Maui Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline: 808-286-2549

Swim Free

Fisheries interactions are a primary threat to sea turtles in Hawaiʻi. Help sea turtles swim free by fishing responsibly and picking up lost gear. Take the pledge today.


Fishermen’s Pledge

More than 80% of the calls our team receives on the Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline on Maui are due to sea turtles that have become entangled in fishing line.

Abandoned fishing line damages coral colonies and entangles sea turtles, monk seals, manta rays, and other marine animals. Interactions in nearshore coastal fisheries are the primary threat to sea turtles in Hawaiʻi.

To help prevent pollution and decrease harmful interactions between marine life and discarded fishing line, we launched the Fishing Line Recycling Program (FLRP) in June 2018.

The FLRP provides an accessible method for fishermen to prevent pollution and reduce entanglement hazards by properly discarding their line. Fishing line recycling bins and educational signage are installed at 34 high-traffic fishing locations along Maui’s shoreline, harbors, and boat ramps.

View the FLRP map here to find a fishing line recycling bin near you.


Report Sick or Injured Sea Turtles

If you come across a sick, injured, or distressed sea turtle on Maui, contact MOC Marine Institute’s Sea Turtle Stranding & Response Team:


Participate in Underwater Cleanups

Help make a difference by taking part in underwater cleanups and keeping our reefs clean.


Make a Donation

Support our work through a donation.

MOC Marine Institute is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. All donations and contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.