One person can make a difference
The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world and their population is continuing to decline. Urgent action is needed if they are to be saved from extinction. Here are seven ways you can get involved and make a positive difference.

1.) Donate: The Monk Seal Foundation is dependent upon contributions from the public. By donating today, you can help fund our important efforts to protect the Monk Seals. You can also learn more about the Monk Seal Foundation and support our efforts by joining our Facebook Fan Page and following our Twitter Feed.

2.) Join a Monk Seal Response Team: The Monk Seal Foundation manages the Oahu and Molokai Monk Seal Response Teams while also working to provide needed assistance and resources to the NOAA Marine Mammal Response Teams on other islands.These trained teams of volunteers respond to monk seal haul out events to ensure the seal is protected while at the same time conducting outreach and answering questions about the seals. These volunteer teams are an important component of the monk seal recovery efforts. Contact Us to learn more about you can make a difference by joining one of these groups.

3.) Responsible viewing of wildlife: While it's natural to get excited when we encounter wildlife, please observe monk seals in a manner that is safe for you and the seal. You can learn more by reading our Responsible Viewing Guidelines.

4.) Use barbless circle hooks: Small changes can often make a big difference. When fishing, use barbless circle hooks. Research has shown that using these hooks doesn't impact the catch rates. However, because barbless circle hooks are self-shedding, they minimize any impact upon seals or other protected species that may be accidentally hooked.

5.) Clean up marine debris: Marine debris is one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's oceans. For the Monk Seal, entanglement in this debris can mean death. Visit the NOAA website on Marine Debris to learn more about what you can do.

6.) Reporting sightings or harassment: Report all Hawaiian Monk Seal Sightings. Oahu: (808) 220-7802; Kauai: (808) 651-7668; Molokai: (808) 553-5555; Maui/Lanai: (808) 292-2372; East Hawaii (Big Island): (808) 756-5961; West Hawaii (Big Island): (808) 987-0765 Report suspected violations or harassment to NOAA Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Hotline: (888) 256-9840.

7.) Educate yourself: Learn more about the monk seal and the obstacles to their recovery. Then, share what you've learned with others. Building public awareness and support is a critical step in the efforts to save the monk seals.

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