MOC Marine Institute is committed to the survival of sea turtles in Hawai’i by working with the community to reduce human-caused threats through science-based conservation efforts.
In collaboration with the NOAA Fisheries Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program, MOC Marine Institute (MOCMI) responds to reports of sick or injured sea turtles in South Maui (Ma’alaea to Makena).
Sea turtle stranding response and rescue is performed under ESA permit: 15685-01
Of the five sea turtle species that can be found in Hawaiian waters, the most common are the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas, known as “honu” in Hawaiian) and the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata, known as “honu’ea” or “ea” in Hawaiian).
Significant threats to sea turtles include disease, loss/degradation of nesting and foraging habitat, fisheries interactions, marine debris ingestion and entanglement, boat collisions, and poaching.
Currently, there is not a facility on the island of Maui dedicated to the care of sick or injured sea turtles. Future plans at MOCMI include the construction of a veterinary hospital and rehabilitation center where sea turtles will be treated and able to recover before being released back into the ocean.
Honu Checkup: Maui Ocean Center