Natural Resource Protections

General Information

One of the main missions of State management is to monitor and study the populations and health of Kure Atoll’s birds, plants, arthropods, and coral reef communities.

While the management board of PMNM plays lead roles in endangered species work on Kure, DLNR operates in coordination with those agencies to be the “eyes and ears” on the ground. Adapting the most recent recovery plans within the ESA, MMPA, and multiple state statutes ensures that the monitoring activities on-island is a supportive and dedicated level of protection.

Collaborative Management is Key to Protecting Wildlife & Remote Areas

The aim is to understand the distribution and functional linkages of organisms and their habitats in order to improve ecosystem-based management decisions. The areas that monitoring focuses on are biodiversity, ecological interconnectivity, environmental change, and human impact.

Seabird Monitoring

Kure Atoll seabird monitoring program was established in 2000. The monitoring program increases our understanding of the mechanisms that regulate the nesting success and survival rates for the eighteen species that nest on Kure Atoll. Information gained from these studies is used to implement management actions to mitigate problems.

Monk Seal Monitoring

The Hawaiian monk seal is the only seal native to Hawaii. Along with the Hawaiian hoary bat, monk seals are one of only two mammals endemic to the islands. The Hawaiian monk seal is also Hawaiʻi’s official state mammal.

For the past 20 years, the State of Hawaii has supported the recovery of the Hawaiian monk seal population on Kure Atoll by contributing to the Marine Mammal Research Program run by the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS). Kure Atoll Conservancy has contributed to the recovery program since 2010 by hiring contractors and helping volunteers with expenses.

Ecological Monitoring

Recognizing the importance of inter-dependence in wildlife communities, there is always more to understand and more to survey than possible. So in all areas of the work that we are able to do is the intention to benefit multiple species with each step.