Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was designated by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are home to the only known mating and calving grounds for the endangered humpback whale in the United States. Protection of this important ecological habitat is necessary for the long-term recovery of the North Pacific humpback whale population. The Sanctuary is managed by a joint partnership between NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program and the State of Hawaii.