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Chow named superintendent of whale sanctuary

By Staff | Jan 27, 2011

KIHEI — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently appointed Malia Chow as the new superintendent of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Chow has worked for NOAA for the past ten years. She currently serves as the sanctuary’s Management Plan Review coordinator.

Previously, she was a policy analyst for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, which became Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

“Malia brings vision and leadership to the sanctuary,” said Allen Tom, Pacific Islands regional director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

“She promotes a true sense of collaboration while weighing the needs of the local community and constituents.”

Chow was raised on Oahu. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in cellular biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She will be located in the sanctuary’s Honolulu office in Hawaii Kai.

Encompassing 1,370 square miles of federal and state waters, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaii.

It is administered by NOAA in partnership with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. For information, visit http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.