The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation works to conserve some of the Nation’s most critical natural and cultural resources in the ocean and Great Lakes. One of these special sites, Papahānaumokuākea, is home to the Hawaiian Monk Seal – one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Once a target of hunters, Hawaiian Monk Seals are now vulnerable to predation by sharks, outbreaks of disease, entanglement in fishing gear and deadly marine debris, depletion of their food supply and loss of habitat. As such, their population dwindled to a dangerously low number.
But there is hope on the horizon. With the increased protection of their natural habitat offered by Papahanaumokuakea, and the determination and hard work of local and national partners, the seals have a chance of bouncing back. After decades of decline, the past three years showed an increase in their numbers by 3% annually. The population is now estimated to be around 1,400 seals. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we must continue to do more.
Please make a gift to support your National Marine Sanctuaries before this year comes to a close. Every dollar helps.
Your support ensures that we can continue to protect the lives of vulnerable animal populations, like the Hawaiian Monk Seal; provide crucial learning experiences for thousands of children, ensuring the next generation of ocean stewards; remove harmful marine debris from our beaches and sanctuary waters; preserve our national heritage; and so much more. We can only accomplish this with your help. The gifts we receive now will help sustain our critical programs throughout the year.