The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will host a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council via online meeting technology this morning involving sites on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.
Although no access is available on the Big Island, public comments are invited relating to the Call To Action Joint Statement by the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and the National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council’s “Destination Marine Protected Areas: Sustaining America’s Most Treasured Ocean Places for Recreation and Stewardship” as a potential council action item.
Relevant meeting documents can be downloaded from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/meeting_calendar.html. Written comments may be mailed to NOS/HIHWNMS, Attn: SAC, Inouye Regional Center, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818, or emailed to Fiona.Langenberger@noaa.gov.
The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the state of Hawaii through the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).
The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship.
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources.
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DLNR’s mission is to enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawaii nei in partnership with others from the public and private sectors.