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.
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
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