Under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA manages 125 endangered and threatened marine species. Of all the species NOAA protects under the ESA, NOAA considers eight among the most at risk of extinction in the near future. As a result, NOAA has launched the “Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive” initiative, a concerted effort to spotlight and save these highly at-risk species including Atlantic Salmon (Gulf of Maine), Central California Coho Salmon, Cook Inlet Beluga Whale, Hawaiian Monk Seal, Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle, Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook, Southern Resident Killer Whale, and White Abalone.
NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator, Eileen Sobeck, explains how the initiative focuses on efforts that are vital for stabilizing these populations and preventing their extinction. NOAA's approach involves intensive human efforts to stabilize these species, with the goal that they will become candidates for recovery. We want these species, as well as all of our listed resources, to survive and thrive.
It takes a partnership with NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard and private citizens to transport the sick and injured Monk seals from the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to Ke Kai Ola marine mammal hospital in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The hospital is needed to help recover the endangered Hawaiian Monk seal population. Deb Wickham, the hospital manager, describes what it's like caring for patients since the hospital opened in 2014.
A short montage of corals from the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions in celebration of Corals Week 2015. Shows impacts and threats to corals as well as reef restoration efforts by NOAA and partners.