NOAA News Release
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for 10 primary seats and 14 alternate seats on its advisory council. Two of those seats — one primary and one alternate — will be filled by Molokai residents.
The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.
“The members of our advisory council represent an extremely important element of our community,” said Malia Chow, sanctuary superintendent. “Their input, experience and expertise assist sanctuary managers in making informed and timely decisions on how best to protect and conserve our important cultural and natural resources.”
The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following seats: commercial shipping (primary member and alternate); whale watching (primary member and alternate); ocean recreation (primary member and alternate); business/commerce (primary member and alternate); citizen-at-large (primary member and alternate); conservation (primary member and alternate); tourism (primary member and alternate); Lānai Island (primary member and alternate); Molokai Island (primary member and alternate); youth (primary member and alternate); Native Hawaiian (alternate); research (alternate); Honolulu County (alternate); and Hawaii County (alternate).
Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources.
Established in 1996, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting the sanctuary. The council is composed of government and non-governmental seats for a total of 53 members, who serve on a volunteer basis, represent a variety of local user groups, the general public, and state and federal governmental jurisdictions. Alternates attend meetings when primary members are not available and assume a seat if a primary member resigns.
Applications are due Sept. 30. To receive an application kit or for further information, contact Malia Chow, sanctuary superintendent, via e-mail at Malia.Chow@noaa.gov; by phone at 808-397-2651, ext. 251; or visit the sanctuary website at http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov. Completed applications should be submitted to: Malia Chow, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Suite 301, Honolulu, HI 96825.
The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the State of Hawai‘i through the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship.