The coastal and sea areas of Hawaii and Southern California are important to those who use these resources for subsistence, commercial or recreational purposes. These areas are home to a vast array of marine plants and animals, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, turtles, fish and birds.
The ocean areas off of Hawaii and Southern California are important to the Navy because of the established ranges where members of the armed forces learn and practice the skills required to respond to an emergency or threat. In addition, these areas are suitable and necessary for testing new and existing weapon systems in environments similar to where they will be used.
The Navy strives to protect the marine environments of Hawaii and Southern California and has programs in place to care for the environment. The Navy continually improves these programs as it learns more about the ocean environment.