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.

March 20, 2015

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propose 11 Distinct Population Segments for Green Sea Turtles

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are proposing to modify the green sea turtle Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing by identifying 11 Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of green sea turtles as endangered or threatened under the ESA. This approach would provide more tailored conservation efforts globally and all green sea turtle populations will continue to be protected under the ESA. Identifying DPSs across the range of green sea turtles will provide the flexibility necessary to help individual populations based on localized threats.

January 12, 2015

Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Proposes to Protect 23 Species in the U.S. Territory of Guam and U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Current evidence suggests that 23 species are in danger of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future. The Service has proposed adding 23 species of animals and plants in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to the list of threatened and endangered species.

The Service has scheduled informational meetings and public hearings later this month. The reopened 30-day public comment period will allow the public to review and comment on the proposal and provide additional information. All relevant information will be considered and addressed in the Service’s final listing determination. The public comment period will close on February 11, 2015.

Heritiera longipetiolata (ufa-halumtano) Photo: Laura Gutierrez

Federal Register Notice (January 12, 2015)

News Bulletin (January 12, 2015)

Endangered Plants - Federal Rules and Regulations

Listing a Species as Threatened or Endangered

Frequently Asked Questions

News Bulletin (September 30, 2014)

Federal Register Notice (October 1, 2014)

Link to Images on Flickr

December 3, 2014

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases 2014 List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly status appraisal of plants and animals that are candidates for Endangered Species Act protection. Twenty-two species from Hawaii and one species of bird historically from American Samoa were added to the candidate list, one species was removed, and one has changed in priority from the last review conducted in November 2013.

News Bulletin

July 31, 2014

Listed and Candidate Species Reports

The following link allows you to run listed and candidate species reports by area, region and island; as well as ecosystem critical habitat and species distribution reports.

Species Listing Database

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 -

Millerbird Fact Sheet - A Story of Hope

Millerbird Translocation Project Video -

Nihoa Millerbird - Credit Robby Kohley

May 16, 2014

Hawaii's Plant Extinction Prevention Program Recognized with Recovery Champions Award

A team of Hawaii botanists and resource managers are being honored as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champions for their invaluable work in restoring rare Hawaiian plants and their biologically diverse ecosystems. Today, the Service recognized 55 individuals and teams for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s rarest fish, wildlife and plants by designating them 2013 Recovery Champions.

News Bulletin

Front row - Susan Ching Harbin, Joan Yoshioka, Wendy Kishida; Row 2 Maggie Sporck (Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife), Marie Bruegmann (USFWS), Hank Oppenheimer, Ane Bakutis; Row 3 - Josh VanDeMark, Mike Long, Steve Perlman, Cliff Morden (PCSU) Photo credit: Kristi Young / USFWS


March 26, 2014

Endangered nēnē on Oahu

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 Bulletin

Nēnē at James Campbell NWR - Photo credit: USFWS

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

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

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

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 20, 2015
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