Hawaii Gets Grant to Protect Seals and Turtles

Wonderful news from Hawaii this morning: The Associated Press is reporting that the state will get more than $128,000 to help protect and preserve the islands' indigenous monk seals, green sea turtles (honu) and hawksbill turtles.

The money will reportedly from a grant administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the project will establish the state's first Marine Protected Species program for the long-term conservation and management of monk seal and sea turtles. The project will enhance efforts to reduce and document human disturbance of the animals caused by growing numbers of beach-goers and recreational fishers.

Local wildlife has always been a major draw for Hawaii, and numerous hotels and businesses help support these animals already.