The following Monument requirements must be fulfilled based on method of entry (e.g. vessel or plane), permit type, location and permitted activities.
Vessel Monitoring System
Per Monument Regulations, an owner or operator of a vessel that has been issued a permit for accessing the Monument must ensure that such vessel has a NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (OLE)-approved, operating Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) on board when voyaging within the Monument.
An operating VMS includes an operating mobile transmitting unit on the vessel and a functioning communication link between the unit and OLE as provided by an OLE-approved communication service provider.
Type-approved VMS units authorized for use within the Monument:
Only a VMS that has been approved by OLE may be used. Click here for a list of approved VMS units authorized for use within the Monument. No person may interfere with, tamper with, alter, damage, disable, or impede the operation of the VMS, or attempt any of the same. OLE has the authority over the installation and operation of the VMS unit. OLE may authorize the connection or order the disconnection of additional equipment, including a computer, to any VMS unit when deemed appropriate by OLE.
Hull, Tender Vessel, Gear and Ballast Water Inspections
Vessel hull, tender, gear and ballast water inspections must be scheduled and completed prior to entering the Monument. Vessel hull, tenders, gear and ballast water must be certified free of alien and invasive species before departure. Click here for more information on marine alien species inspection standards for maritime vessels.
All vessels must provide a certificate or other proof that their respective vessel is free of rodents prior to entering the Monument.
For more information on VMS, hull and rodent inspections, please contact the Monument Permit Coordinator:
Phone: (808) 725-5800
General terms and conditions in Monument permits address the following categories, as required by Monument regulations, Proclamation 8031, and other MMB agency mandates and policies:
Summary of additional requirements for entering the Monument via vessel:
All Monument Best Management Practices (BMPs) were developed in close coordination and consultation with all Monument Management Board agencies. Applicable BMPs are attached to PMNM permit applications and permittees are required to demonstrate their ability to comply with Best Management Practices to safeguard the resources of the Monument.
List of Current Monument Best Management Practices and Policies*: (all "PDF" will be linked to corresponding document)
|001||Marine Alien Species Inspection Standards for Maritime Vessels|
|002||Protocol for Acquiring Avian Blood Samples|
|003||Human Hazards to Seabirds Briefing|
|004||Best Management Practices for Boat Operations and Diving Activities|
|005||Protocols to Reduce Impact to the Laysan Finch|
|006||General Storage and Transport Protocols for Collected Samples|
|007||Special Conditions and Rules for Moving Between Islands / Atolls and Packing for Field Camps|
|008||Seabird Protocols Necessary for Conducting Trolling Research and Monitoring in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument|
|009||Best Practices for Minimizing the Impact of Artificial Light on Sea Turtles|
|010||Marine Wildlife Viewing Guidelines|
|011||Disease and Introduced Species Prevention Protocol for Permitted Activities in the Marine Environment, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Monument)|
|012||Precautions for Minimizing Human Impacts on Endangered Land Birds|
|013||Special Conditions and Rules for Small Boat Operations at Tern Island|
|015||Nonnative Species Inspection Requirements at Midway Atoll|
|016||Best Management Practices for Activities on Nihoa|
|017||Best Management Practices for Maritime Heritage Sites|