As a co-trustee of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) - Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), is committed to restoring native biodiversity and seabird populations on Kure Atoll.

 

 

Camp Facilities

The State of Hawaiiʻs DLNR/DOFAW Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary research field station facilitates a comprehensive wildlife habitat restoration and natural resources education program of research, education, and facility development that services management actions needed to protect and maintain native wildlife resources and ecosystem function at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

 

Preparation for Field Camp

Remote field camp on Kure requires adequate preparations to be in a remote setting for the long-term. In addition to the personal preparations to be in a remote setting, rigorous and detailed bio-security protocols in our preparations are also implemented to minimize impact and eliminate the introduction of any new invasive threats to a pristine ecosystem.

Every Season, 5,000 Pounds of Marine Pollution is Removed

Marine pollution is an ongoing threat to wildlife populations and Kure is never free of marine debris due to a constant replenishment supplied from offshore. The National Marine Fisheries Service and Kure Atoll Research Station personnel remove marine pollution every season to maintain a low accumulation of nets, lines, and other fishing gear.

Disentanglement Does Not Guarantee Survival

And yet every disentanglement is a significant contribution to their survivorship. A number of entanglements involve impediment to feeding or movement such as a hagfish trap or a line wrapped around the muzzle of a seal.

Seabird Bolus Filled with Marine Pollution

Throwing up pellets, known as boluses, are part of the digestive process to rid themselves of natural, yet indigestible products, such as fish bones and squid beaks. Plastics--microplastics, lighters, toothbrushes, children's toys--however, have become a large portion of the indigestible products that are regurgitated. High-quality boluses--that is, boluses that are in-tact pellets--is collected to be part of our education partnerships with Oikonos that works to bring marine pollution education into the classroom.  More info here

Marine Pollution

Current Events – Words and picture by Andrew Sullivan-Haskins

Spending a few years on this tiny island in the middle of the Pacific has taught me a lot. Each day offers new growth and a chance to engage with the natural world in a way we rarely get to in our modern lives. News of the day tends to

Trash Talk Words by Soren George-Nichol

The winter crew has been on Kure for about two months. Every morning we are greeted by the sun burning over the Eastern horizon. But a couple weeks ago we were, instead, awoken by the glare of lights on the Western side of the island. If you regularly read about