What to do about injured or sick sea turtles in Hawaii

This page provides guidelines for sightings and contacts involving sick or injured sea turtles in Hawaii:

Information and forms on this page were kindly provided by:

George H. Balazs
Leader, Marine Turtle Research Program
SWFSC Honolulu Laboratory
National Marine Fisheries Service
Email: gbalazs@honlab.nmfs.hawaii.edu

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Guidelines for handling accidentally hooked turtles
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Help Hawaiian sea turtles with safe fishing practices


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Prevent the event

If you hook or entangle a turtle

Complete the questionnaire

You can help State and Federal biologists determine what actions can be taken to help the turtle by printing out the questionnaire included here and answering as many of the questions as you can. Acrobat Reader is required.

Questionnaire concerning hooked or entangled sea turtles

The purpose of this form is to record and obtain information from individuals who have encountered a sea turtles that has been hooked or become entangled in fishing line.

For your convenience, the questions are reproduced below.

Submit the completed questionnaire to:

HOOKED OR ENTANGLED SEA TURTLE
Marine Turtle Research Program
Southwest Fisheries Science Center Honolulu Laboratory
2570 Dole St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822-2396

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SIGHTING OF A SEA TURTLE IMBEDDED WITH A HOOK OR ENTANGLED WITH FISHING LINE

Mahalo for your co-operation in helping this injured turtle.


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Hawaiian Turtle Sighting Report


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The reporting form included here provides a way for you to help determine the status of the fibropapilloma disease in Hawaii. Acrobat Reader is required.

Hawaiian Turtle Sighting Report Form

The purpose of this form is to record and obtain information from individuals who are normally encountering turtles during the course of their regular activities (recreational or visitor diving, hiking the shoreline, etc.). Note: All sea turtles in Hawaii are protected by State and Federal regulations. HARASSMENT AND DISTURBANCE ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED!


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