Speak up to save Hawaiian monk seals
  • Petitioned National Marine FIsheries Service

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National Marine FIsheries Service

Speak up to save Hawaiian monk seals

    1. Petition by

      Center for Biological Diversity

Take action now to speak up for the world’s most endangered marine mammal—the Hawaiian monk seal.  Poised to gain new habitat protections, the seal’s possibility of recovery just stepped up a notch.   These protections will ensure that monk seals have habitat to thrive on, and will also protect our beaches for surfers, fishers, and all ocean-lovers.

Threatened by rising seas and disappearing food, Hawaiian monk seals are teetering on the brink of extinction.  There are only about 1,000 seals left, and they need your help. Protecting habitat can reduce threats to monk seals because it ensures that coastal development will not harm monk seal habitat.  Protecting the monk seals’ habitat also means these projects will not be allowed to interfere with beach access or degrade ocean quality.

While declining in their historical habitat in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a string of low-lying atolls  in the Pacific, Hawaiian monk seals are increasingly inhabiting and giving birth to healthy pups in the main Hawaiian Islands.  This means that habitat protection on O`ahu, Kauai, Maui, Moloka`i, and other islands will make a big difference by providing a refuge for monk seals.

The federal government has proposed to protect 11,000 square miles of habitat for Hawaiian monk seals. Sign this petition to support the proposal to designate Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat.

For more information visit and like our Facebook Page: Save our Hawaiian monk seal

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Public comment reopened

      NMFS is accepting comments through the end of the year!

    3. Thank you!

      We exceeded our expectations providing comments. Along with your help over 10,000 individuals supported protections for monk seal habitat.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. Public hearings ended today

      If you weren't able to attend a hearing, you can send detailed comments by Aug. 31 to www.regulations.gov (Docket: 0648-BA81).

    6. Public meetings started today Aug. 8 and continue through Aug. 15

      If you’ll be near a meeting, please attend and speak up on how important it is that this monk seal gets more critical habitat.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Public hearings set on monk seal habitat

      Help secure more than 11,000 square miles of critical habitat for Hawaiian monk seals by attending a hearing. The meetings will take place in various parts of Hawaii on Aug. 8 – 11 and Aug. 15 - 16.

    9. We made our goal for 1000 signatures!

      Thank you for supporting our petition to protect monk seal habitat! We're going to aim even higher to double our signatures.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Aleksander R VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago


      • almost 3 years ago

      The Hawaiian monk is the most beautiful seal in my opinion, and these creatures should NOT become extinct because of us!! I am donating money to save them and am keeping the ocean clean to help them. I hope we can all do the same.

    • Bonny Stroebel PRETORIA, HI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Mother Earth nurtures us, she feeds us, and she teaches us. The beauty of all living things resides with her and it is our duty to protect and look after what we have. No more cruelty, no more torcher, no more killing for greed, No More! We need to step up as human beings and protect the earth and all living things equally!

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      • almost 3 years ago

      Please to the Hawaiian government and people,Iamsending you a heart filled message.Please please allow this innocent beautiful monk seals to live in thrive.This is a nobrainer let the monkseals have their families keep the humans away from them. Believe me you will be greatly awarded for helping these majestic monk seals.

    • Patricia Randolph PORTAGE, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Do everything you can to stop hunting, trapping,killing our wildlife - give them space and corridors for migration - work now because we are destroying our planet's species.


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