To report a sick or injured sea turtle on the island of Maui, contact:
MOCMI’s Sea Turtle Response Team at (808) 286-2549
MOC Marine Institute (MOCMI) works in partnership with NOAA Fisheries to coordinate the response to sick, injured, distressed, or expired sea turtles on the island of Maui, Hawaiʻi in partnership and coordination with NOAA Fisheries. All MOCMI sea turtle stranding response and rescue activities authorized under NOAA Permit: 21260.
Fishing Around Sea Turtles (F.A.S.T.)
In 2012, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office spearheaded the Fishing Around Sea Turtles (FAST) program, a multi-agency effort designed to promote co-existence and educate fishers on practical fishing tips that may help to prevent interactions and reduce the severity of injury to accidentally caught sea turtles.
Fishing Line Recycling Program
To prevent pollution and decrease harmful interactions between sea turtles and fishing line, MOCMI launched the Fishing Line Recycling Program (FLRP) in June 2018. This program started in Maui and was then expanded to Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu. The FLRP provides an easily accessible method for fishers to take a hands-on, proactive approach to prevent pollution and reduce entanglement hazards by appropriately discarding their line.
FP is a disease that causes benign, cauliflower-like tumor growths internally and on the soft tissue of sea turtles. In mass, the tumors may inhibit a sea turtle’s sight, mobility, and foraging ability. Although most often seen in green turtles, FP has been found in all sea turtle species. Researchers around the world are studying the disease to identify a cause and potential cure.