Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Region
 

Welcome to the Pacific Islands Fish & Wildlife Office

The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office is an Ecological Services office headquartered in Honolulu. The office is divided into three major sections: Endangered Species, Habitat Conservation, and Invasive Species/Marianas Terrestrial. Employees use the best available science and sound managerial techniques to further the Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Nihoa Millerbird Translocation Project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and American Bird Conservancy, began a historic scientific expedition - to create a second population of the endangered Nihoa Millerbird. To read the project updates, click here.

Millerbirds Return to Laysan Island After 100-year Absence - http://www.fws.gov/endangered/map/state/HI.html

Millerbird Fact Sheet - A Story of Hope

Millerbird Translocation Project Video - http://www.youtube.com/embed/lfurrR96NDM

Nihoa Millerbird - Credit Robby Kohley

Photo credit: USFWS

March 26, 2014

Endangered nēnē on Oahu for the first time since the 1700s

For the first time since the 1700s, a pair of endangered nēnē are calling O‘ahu home. They have nested and successfully hatched three goslings at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge near Kahuku, O‘ahu. It is possible more birds will arrive on O‘ahu in the future, particularly in places that provide safe and protected habitat like national wildlife refuges. The nēnē were first observed on O‘ahu around January 9, 2014.

News Release

February 12, 2014

Public Comment Period Reopened on Proposal to Remove Hawaiian Hawk from Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the reopening of the public comment period on the proposal to remove the Hawaiian hawk from the endangered species list because the population is secure and no longer requires federal protection. The Service welcomes all comments but is especially interested in those pertaining to the species’ biology, range, and population trends, including utilization of koa plantations and exurban areas, and positive and negative effects of current and foreseeable land management practices. Comments previously submitted on the proposed rule do not need to be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in the determination on this action. The deadline for submitting comments is April 14, 2014.

Hawaiian hawk - Photo: © Dan Clark

News Bulletin

Federal Register Notice

Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan

To submit comments and/or obtain electronic copies of the 2008 proposed delisting of the Hawaiian hawk, comments received, and the draft post-delisting monitoring plan: Visit http://www.regulations.gov and follow instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2007-0024

January 24, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced $16.5 million in grants to support 21 critical coastal wetland projects in 12 states and Puerto Rico under the National Coastal Grants Wetlands Conservation Grants Program.

News Release

Photo: Ahihi Kinau - Chris Swenson/USFWS

Public Scoping Announced for the Proposed Na Pua Makani Wind Project

November 5, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today published a Notice of Intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a proposed incidental take permit for the Na Pua Makani Wind Project near Kahuku, Hawai‘i. The Service will hold a public scoping meeting on November 13, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kahuku Village Association Community Center, 56576 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, Hawai‘i. The public is invited to provide oral and written comments at this meeting related to the preparation of a DEIS for this proposed permit action. To ensure consideration of written comments, please send your comments on or before December 5, 2013.

News Release

Federal Register Notice

Photo credit: Ken Foote/USFWS

15 Species on Hawai'i Island Protected As Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act

October 29, 2013

Using an ecosystem-based approach to species conservation, 15 species found on the island of Hawai‘i were given protection under the Endangered Species Act as endangered species today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). These 15 species include 13 plants, a picture-wing fly and an anchialine pool shrimp.

Kō‘oko‘olau - Photo: Carrie Harrington

News Release

Federal Register Notice

40 Species on Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Maui Protected as Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act

May 28, 2013

Thirty eight species - found on the Hawaiian Islands of Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe, and Maui (collectively known as Maui Nui) - were given protection under the Endangered Species Act as endangered species today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). In addition the Service reaffirmed the listing of two endemic Hawaiian plants currently listed as endangered. The Service will work cooperatively with state, federal and Native Hawaiian partners, conservation organizations and private landowners to recover these species and conserve their habitat.

News Release

Federal Register

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released an analysis that estimates costs related to the proposed critical habitat for three species on the island of Hawai‘i.

April 30, 2013

News Release

Economic Analysis of Critical Habitat Designation for Three Big Island Plants

Fact sheet (CH Frequently Asked Questions HI Island)

Fact sheet (Endangered Plants - Federal Rules and Regulations)

Federal Register Notice

Bidens micrantha ssp ctenophylla - Photo credit: C. Harrington/USFWS

Draft Economic Analysis of Conservation Action to Designate Critical Habitat for 135 Maui Nui Species Released - Public Informational Meeting and Public Hearing to be Held on Maui

January 31, 2013

Federal Register Notice

News Release

Economic Analysis of Critical Habitat Designation for Maui Nui

Canavalia pubescens or ‘āwikiwiki - Photo: Hank Oppenheimer - Plant Extinction Prevention Program

23 O‘ahu Species Receive Endangered Species Act Protection

September 18, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that 20 plant species and three Hawaiian damselfly species found on the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu will receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Female Oceanic Hawaiian Damselfly - Photo: Dan Polhemus

News Release

Federal Register Notice

To view a Google Earth map of the proposed critical habitat, click here.

UTM Coordinates for Oahu Critical Habitat

Images can be downloaded from the following Flickr Site

For more information:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Islands Office
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Room 3-122, Box 50088
Honolulu, HI 96850
(808) 792-9400
(808) 792-9580 fax

 

Last updated: March 25, 2014
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