Since 1987, HPA has worked with George Balazs, sea turtle biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service of the Pacific Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, to capture, measure, tag and study the threatened Hawaiian green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). This work originally took place at Kiholo Bay, one of the prime habitats for juvenile and sub-adult green turtles on the leeward coast of Hawaii. While Kiholo is still a main focus of our work, we now have study sites along the entire coast from Honaunau in the south to Kawaihae in the North. Over the last 25 years, HPA students and NOAA scientists have captured and tagged several thousand green turtles.
Over the course of this time, students and faculty from HPA have participated in NOAA sponsored research trips in many parts of the world. Below is a list of some of the locations where we have worked.
Rose Atoll, American Samoa
Moreton Bay, Brisbane Australia
Heron Island, Australia - Heron Island Nesting Video
Hawaiian Islands (Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Hawaii)
French Frigate Shoals