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

Rescue to Release

Sea Turtle Stranding Response & Rescue Program


MOC Marine Institute (MOCMI) coordinates 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.

MOC Marine Institute works in close collaboration with our partners at NOAA Fisheries; our teams meet weekly to discuss patient progress, treatment plans, and criteria for release. MOC Marine Institute’s rehabilitation program aims to provide high-quality medical care to sea turtles in need while working to return our patients to the ocean as quickly as possible.

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Committee

Committee MemberAffiliation
Dr. Paul McCurdyMOC Marine Institute
Tommy CuttMOC Marine Institute
Dr. Michelle BarbieriNOAA Fisheries
Dr. Gregg LevineNOAA Fisheries
Dr. Ednee YoshiokaNOAA Fisheries
Dr. Meghan BarrettNOAA Fisheries
Shandell BrunsonNOAA Fisheries
Claudia CedilloNOAA Fisheries