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The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the nation's 12th established marine sanctuary, protects the winter breeding, calving and nursing range of the largest Pacific population of the endangered humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).

The boundary of the sanctuary encompasses approximately 1,218 square nautical miles of coastal and ocean waters around the main Hawaiian Islands.  The sanctuary extends seaward from the shoreline to the 100-fathom isobath. It includes areas around the islands of Maui, Lanaʻi, and Molokaʻi, and parts of Oʻahu, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi.

The sanctuary is jointly managed via a cooperative federal-state partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuary and the State of Hawaiʻi through the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Find out more about the management of the sanctuary


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Management Plan Review
Learn more about the sanctuary's management plan review process.

Sanctuary Designation
Learn about the designation of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Management 101
Find out more about the management of national marine sanctuaries (legislation, regulations, permits, and more).

Legislation
View legislation related to the sanctuary.


 

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