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

Rescue to Release

MOC Marine Institute responds to stranding reports, rescues, and rehabilitates sick and injured sea turtles on Maui. To report a sea turtle in need of help on Maui, call us at 808.286.2549.

Sea Turtle Stranding Response & Rescue 


What is a sea turtle stranding?

Stranded sea turtles are defined as any ocean turtle found on land or in the water that is dead, injured, or exhibits any indication of ill health or abnormal behavior.

By examining stranded sea turtles, we can better understand causes of mortality and factors that affect sea turtle health. Other goals of stranding response efforts are to facilitate humane care out of animal welfare concerns, assist in the recovery of a protected species by returning them to the wild whenever possible, and help identify population threats and stressors of sea turtles, especially stressors that can be prevented or mitigated.

MOC Marine Institute coordinates the response to sick, injured, distressed, or expired sea turtles on the island of Maui, Hawaiʻi in partnership and coordination with NOAA Fisheries (as per regulations: 50 CFR Part 222.301).

To report a sick or injured sea turtle, please contact us on our 24-hour Sea Turtle Stranding Response Hotline at (888) 256-9840. 


Juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) freed from a gillnet. Kihei, HI.

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation


MOC Marine Institute (MOCMI) rehabilitates sick and injured sea turtles in Hawaiʻi. MOCMI’s rehabilitation program aims to provide high-quality medical care to sea turtles in need while working to return sea turtle patients to the ocean as quickly as possible. MOCMI’s rehabilitation committee meets weekly to discuss patient progress, treatment plans, and criteria for release.

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Committee

Committee MemberAffiliation
Dr. Paul McCurdyMOC Marine Institute
Tommy CuttMOC Marine Institute
Chanel BrowneMOC Marine Institute
Dr. Michelle BarbieriNOAA Fisheries
Dr. Gregg LevineNOAA Fisheries
Dr. Summer MartinNOAA Fisheries
Dr. Ednee YoshiokaNOAA Fisheries
Dr. Meghan BarrettNOAA Fisheries
Claudia CedilloNOAA Fisheries