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Marine Corps Base Hawaii

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Fish, Wildlife & Plants
Natural Resources Fish, Wildlife & Plants
Ulupa’u Crater WMA is home to one of two breeding colonies of Red-footed Boobies (Sula sula rubripes) in the main Hawaiian islands – the other is located on Kauai’s Kilauea Wildlife Refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge division. The WMA supports approximately 2500 – 3000 Boobies.
Ulupa’u Crater WMA is home to one of two breeding colonies of Red-footed Boobies (Sula sula rubripes) in the main Hawaiian islands – the other is located on Kauai’s Kilauea Wildlife Refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge division. The WMA supports approximately 2500 – 3000 Boobies.
Each year the Environmental Dept engages 3rd Marines’ Combat Assault Company (CAC) to perform the annual site preparation for the endangered Hawaiian Stilt breeding season (Mar-Sep). The CAC’s Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) are used to break-up the non-native invasive pickleweed or akulikuki kai (Batis maritimas) covering the mud flats used for nesting. This annual 3-day operation known as “Mud Ops” has been a yearly event since 1982, and is usually conducted mid-February. Besides supporting the Environmental Dept’s management objectives for the Nu’upia Ponds, the Marines operating the AAVs are provided a unique and valuable training opportunity.
Each year the Environmental Dept engages 3rd Marines’ Combat Assault Company (CAC) to perform the annual site preparation for the endangered Hawaiian Stilt breeding season (Mar-Sep). The CAC’s Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) are used to break-up the non-native invasive pickleweed or akulikuki kai (Batis maritimas) covering the mud flats used for nesting. This annual 3-day operation known as “Mud Ops” has been a yearly event since 1982, and is usually conducted mid-February. Besides supporting the Environmental Dept’s management objectives for the Nu’upia Ponds, the Marines operating the AAVs are provided a unique and valuable training opportunity.
On July 16, 2009, only the 3rd documented Olive Ridley turtle nesting in Hawaii occurred aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Pyramid Rock Beach.  The MCB Hawaii egg hatching was the most successful of the three events – over 50% of the eggs hatched. With the exception of nesting in Hawaii noted above, there is no nesting by this species anywhere in the United States or the territories under U.S. political jurisdiction.
On July 16, 2009, only the 3rd documented Olive Ridley turtle nesting in Hawaii occurred aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Pyramid Rock Beach. The MCB Hawaii egg hatching was the most successful of the three events – over 50% of the eggs hatched. With the exception of nesting in Hawaii noted above, there is no nesting by this species anywhere in the United States or the territories under U.S. political jurisdiction.
Natural Resources
Fish, Wildlife & Plants
Natural Resources Fish, Wildlife & Plants
Natural Resources

The Natural Resources program within the Conservation Division of the Environmental Department manages natural resources to support the military mission, while preserving, protecting and enhancing these resources. Natural resources include land, soils, beaches, dunes, native/non-native plants, landscaping, fish, birds, and other wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic, inland in protected wetlands, streams, and offshore around coral reef systems within our jurisdiction at MCBH-Kaneohe Bay, Camp Smith, Pu’uloa, Marine Corps Training Area Bellows (MCTAB) and Waikane Valley.

The Base’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) is the over-arching document that guides MCB Hawaii’s approach to natural resources management, while supporting quality of life, controlled public access to these resources and “no net loss” of military training options.

Fish & Wildlife Features

Small map of fishing and water sports locations.
Fishing Aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii