Office of Law Enforcement
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Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) - Honolulu, Hawai'i

Hawaiian Nene Geese

The Pacific Islands RAC subdistrict of the Office of Law Enforcement includes the State of Hawai`i, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), the territories of Guam and American Samoa, and other central and western Pacific islands subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. The subdistrict's tropical nature, geographic location and cultural composition provide environmental conditions that present unique resource management and protection challenges. As the "gateway" to the Pacific Rim countries and to western North America, this subdistrict is uniquely poised to protect the native ecosystems in the Pacific Ocean, as well as those in North America, through regulation of international and interstate wildlife trade.

This subdistrict has the highest number of endangered or threatened species in the United States. The land mass comprises about 0.3% of the total land mass in the U.S. but has over 25% (or 323) of all Endangered Species Act-listed species. It is noteworthy that of the fifty states, Hawai`i alone has 317 listed species and ranks 43rd in land area, roughly 10,931 sq. mi. (or 0.288% of the U.S.). In addition, the unique settings of dispersed tropical islands which comprise the Sub-District make it particularly susceptible to, and a potential source of, invasive and injurious species colonization.

Agents and inspectors work closely with the Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Division of Conservation and Enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Damage Control - which provides control of depredating wildlife, principally at airports for the protection of human life, and for National Wildlife Refuges on the islands of Maui, Kaua`i, Hawai`i and Moloka`i.

Hawai'i

Guam

You can also contact the Special Agent in Charge located in Portland, Oregon, which oversees this office.

Last updated: December 3, 2013

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