Reporting stranded sea turtles on Oahu

Information on this page was 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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ISLAND OF OAHU
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING STRANDED SEA TURTLES
AND THE VIOLATION OF LAWS PROTECTING HAWAIIAN SEA TURTLES

A stranded sea turtle is defined as any ocean turtle found dead, injured, sick, tumored, or otherwise abnormal and sometimes even "normal" in appearance and out of the water, usually along the shoreline. The turtle may also be in very shallow water close to shore. DOCARE is a point of contact to facilitate a response. DOCARE Officers do not normally pick up stranded turtles, unless there is a law enforcement violation.

On Oahu, the correct phone numbers to report a stranded sea turtle to facilitate a response are as follows:

983-5730
Monday - Friday, 7 am to 4 pm

Marine Turtle Research Program
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Weekends, holidays, and after hours:
288-5685 or 288-0023 (Pagers)

For suspected law enforcement violations, such as killing, harming, or harassing a turtle please call the Federal or State Enforcement offices:

800-853-1964
Honolulu: 808-541-2727 / 800-853-1964
Law Enforcement Branch
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

For other Hawaiian Islands, please see:

Important points to keep in mind


More information about what to do if you encounter a sick or injured sea turtle in Hawaii
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