HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly $1.2 million dollars was awarded by NOAA Fisheries to support the conservation and recovery of Hawaii's endangered false killer whales.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, along with Hawaii Pacific University and another research group, has been awarded the money over three years.
It is earmarked for tagging research along with other programs to support the conservation and recovery of the whales.
Outreach work will be another focus of the grant, as DLNR expects to build on the successful work that is being conducted with shoreline fisherman to reduce the interactions with monk seals and sea turtles.
DLNR officials say the grant is also expected to be used to support stranding investigations of false killer whales, sperm whales, and humpback whales.
There are fewer than 150 false killer whales left in Hawaiian waters.