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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is one of the three co-trustee agencies, along with the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, charged with managing the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the largest marine protected area on Earth. The Monument encompasses two National Wildlife Refuges - the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and the Midway Atoll National Wildife Refuge as well as a State of Hawaii Marine Refuge and the Kure Atoll Wildife Sanctuary, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. To learn more about Papahānaumokuākea please visit:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Logo.
US Fish and Wildlife Service Logo.
State of Hawaii, DLNR Logo.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
6600 Kalaniana'ole Highway, #300
Honolulu, HI 96825
phone: (808) 397-2660
fax: (808) 397-2662


Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex
300 Ala Moana Boulevard Room 5-231
Honolulu, HI 96850
phone: (808) 541-1201
fax: (808) 541-1216

Division of Aquatic Resources
1151 Punchbowl Street, Rm. 330
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone: (808)-587-0100
fax: (808) 587-0115

Division of Forestry and Wildlife
1151 Punchbowl Street, Rm. 325
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 973-9787
Fax: (808) 587-0160

National Marine Fisheries Service
Honolulu Laboratory
2570 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
phone: (808) 983-5303
fax: (808) 983-2901
website: http://www.nmfs.hawaii.ed


University of Hawaii Logo. Numerous University of Hawai‘i researchers and scientists from the Manoa and Hilo campuses are participating in this project. Many went along on the expedition, while others from various UH departments are collaborating to develop and support the project's education and outreach program. UH units involved in the project include UH Manoa's Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Hawai‘i Networked Learning Communities (HNLC), Hawai‘i Undersea Research Lab, Sea Grant College Program, and the Waikiki Aquarium, as well as researchers from UH Manoa's School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology and Department of Botany, and the UH Hilo Marine Science Department.

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University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
2444 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8111


Bishop Museum and the Hawai`i Maritime Center have conducted teacher trainings on the NWHI, and are very active in supporting the 2000 NOWRAMP expedition including sending back broadcasts from the expedition and providing showings at the Maritime Center.

Bishop Museum's teacher workshops, Navigating Change exhibit, and video transmissions are part of the Exploration Program, an educational partnership with NASA.

1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Ph: (808) 847-3511
Fax: (808) 841-8968


National Park Service LogoThe U.S. National Park Service, Pacific Islands Coral Reef Program is part of the NWHI CRER RAT, providing scientific and logistical advice and experience. NPS is providing two Ph.D. Marine Ecologists, equipment and supplies for coral reef REA and permanent monitoring efforts, as well as shallow water/intertidal assessments and sampling of plankton for larvae to be used in marine recruitment, connectivity and Marine Protected Areas studies. Methods jointly developed for the NWHI expedition are of mutual benefit to the CRER, NPS and other partners.

Scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have participated in all three of the annual NOWRAMP expeditions. Led by Donald Potts, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, the UCSC researchers are focusing on coral biodiversity surveys and mapping of coral reef habitat.

UCSC Public Information Office
University Relations
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: (831) 459-4352
Fax: (831) 459-5795


Talk About It!

U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting

Asked by Susan on Sep 27, 2002.
What message would you like to send to the members of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, meeting in Puerto Rico this week?

Answered by the NOW-RAMP Crew on Sep 28, 2002.
Thanks for your input and assistance! The partner agencies that make up the NOWRAMP partners will be communicating their messages individually.

Previous studies on coral reefs

Asked by Dave on Oct 4, 2002.
NOAA released the first national study of US coral reefs. The report estimated that 27% of the world's shallow water coral reefs may already be beyond recovery. An estimated 66% are now severely degraded. Have previous studies been done of the NWHI to determine if any degradation has taken place there?

Answered by the NOW-RAMP Crew on Oct 5, 2002.
The NOWRAMP expeditions are the first comprehensive assessment and monitoring cruises. There are CREWS buoys at several locations in the NWHI that monitor temperature and other variables, but they have not been active for very long. So, the answer to your question is that we are really just beginning!

Asked by keegan from school on Oct 29, 2003.
can you please e-mail me on getting a contact for my science fair. I would appreciate you getting back to me as soon as you can ASAP.

Answered by Andy from NOAA on Oct 29, 2003.

Getting involved!

Asked by Dannie on Jan 10, 2005.
How would i get involved in reasearch done in the hawai'ian islands?
What corses sould be considered for a career in shark behavior?
Where can i volunteer my time and still learn about the ocean?
Where can i study under a shark, turtle or whale/dolphin expert?
Dannie J

Answered by Paulo from the University of Hawaii on Feb 7, 2005.
Dear Dannie,

Itís great to see your interest in the Hawaiian Islandsí ecosystem. Itís not difficult to get involved in scientific research. The University of Hawaii has a Marine Option Program that is very active and popular with undergraduate students. You take ocean-related courses, and participate in many activities, some of which might include research. You can visit for more information. They can probably direct your quest on shark behavior, as well as connect you with sea turtles, whales and dolphin experts.

At the graduate level, thereís the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, located on Coconut Island. They do work with several species of sharks and dolphins, some of which are held in the island itself. It is a very neat place to visit. But to actually work there you have to be very dedicated and study really hard while youíre getting your undergraduate degree, because there are so many students trying to get there as well.

For volunteering your time, you can do what I do- I work as a docent at the Waikiki Aquarium, teaching school children about the ocean and its inhabitants. It is very rewarding, and I learn a lot myself too.

Let us know if you have any other questions!

Paulo Maurin

Photo of Pearl and Hermes Reef. USFWS

Photo of Red Tailed Tropicbird. R. Shallenberger, USFWS.

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