HONOLULU (AP) - A new report says the health of humpback whales within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is rated "fair."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that the rating reflects an increase in reported collisions, entanglements and associated impacts.
Officials say entanglements and whale-vessel collisions have been widely identified as the primary human cause of death for humpback whales, both in Hawaii and around the world.
Overall, the status of humpback whales in the sanctuary is rated "good/fair" in the NOAA report.
The sanctuary encompasses 1,370 square miles of federal and state waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands.