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.

October 9, 2015

Facing habitat loss and degradation, predation by non-native species, and the small size of their remaining populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to list five species of animals from American Samoa as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service identified two land snails, two birds (the friendly ground-dove and the mao), and the Pacific sheath-tailed bat for federal protection.

News Release

Federal Register Notice

Link to Images on Flickr

Partula gibba

September 29, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is listing 23 species of plants and animals on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as threatened or endangered. The Service is not proposing critical habitat for these species at this time.

News Release

Federal Register Notice

Species List

Link to Images on Flickr


 Partula gibba J. Kwon/USFWS

September 28, 2015

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Facing threats from habitat loss and degradation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to add 49 species from Hawaii to the Endangered Species Act. The Service will not be designating Critical Habitat areas for these species at this time due to insufficient information.

News Release

Federal Register Notice

Species List

Link to Images on Flickr

Asplenium diellaciniatum
Asplenium diellaciniatum Photo Credit: Michelle Clark/USFWS


June 26, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments as part of the development of a Programmatic Draft Environmental Impact Statement on control or eradication of invasive rodents and mongooses in native ecosystems in Hawaii.  The public comment period will be open for 120 days, closing on October 27, 2015.

News Release

Federal Register Notice

June 18, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries are proposing to reclassify the breeding populations of green sea turtles in American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from threatened to endangered status under the Endangered Species Act.

The agencies are encouraging all interested parties to provide comments on this proposed action. 

 The agencies will hold the following public meetings and public hearings:

  • American Samoa: July 6 – 5:30-6 p.m. informational meeting, 6-8 p.m. public hearing. American Samoa Community College Lecture Hall, P.O. Box 2609, Pago Pago, AS 96799.

  • Saipan: July 13 – 5:30-6 p.m. informational meeting, 6-8 p.m. public hearing. Multi-Purpose Center (Saipan), Beach Road, Susupe, Saipan.

  • Guam: July 15 – 5:30-6 p.m. informational meeting, 6-8 p.m. public hearing.  University of Guam, Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building, Anthony  Leon Guerrero Multi-Purpose Room 129, UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

 The deadline for comments is July 27, 2015.  To submit comments, information or data on this Federal Register document, identified by the code NOAA-NMFS-2012-0154, got to:!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0154

To learn more about sea turtles 

News Release

June 10, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing a 60-day public comment period on a proposed incidental take permit and other associated documents by Na Pua Makani Power Partners LLC for the Na Pua Makani Wind Project near Kahuku, Hawaii. Interested parties or individuals may provide comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and the draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the proposed incidental take permit. The comment period closes on Aug. 11, 2015. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kahuku Community Center, 56-576 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731.

News Release

Federal Register Notice

Notice of Public Scoping Meeting

Na Pua Makani Draft Habitat Conservation Plan

Na Pua Makani Draft Environmental Impact Statement

June 8, 2015

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening a 15-day comment period on the proposed critical habitat designation of 135 species found on the islands of Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Kahoolawe, which are collectively known as Maui Nui. The Service is reopening the comment period to allow public comments on the areas being considered for exclusion from critical habitat in the final rule.  

News Release

Federal Register Notice


April 21, 2015

The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships across the country where Federal agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters and make them more resilient to a changing climate. Building on existing collaborations, these Resilient Lands and Waters partnerships – located in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region – will help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges. They will also showcase the benefits of landscape-scale management approaches and help enhance the carbon storage capacity of these natural areas.

News Release

Two Species on the Brink of Extinction Being Brought Into Safety from Threats in the Wild

April 14, 2015

Six tiny nestlings at San Diego Zoo Global’s facilities in Hawai‘i are being closely watched by conservation biologists. These six chicks represent hope for a small Hawaiian bird species known as the ‘Akikiki. The species is being brought into captivity to start a breeding population through a collaborative effort by the Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP), State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office (USFWS-PIFWO) and San Diego Zoo Global. Eggs from ‘Akikiki and ‘Akeke‘e nests were collected from the wild recently as part of an effort to preserve these two bird species from extinction.

News Release

Newly hatched ‘Akikiki chick. Photo credit: Jeremy Hodges, Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo Global

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 (Updated May 2015)

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: October 20, 2015
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