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Sanctuary seeks advisory council applicants

By Staff | Dec 4, 2020

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the state Division of Aquatic Resources, protects humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaii waters where they migrate each winter to mate, calve and nurse their young. PHOTO BY ED LYMAN/NOAA, UNDER NOAA PERMIT #14682.

KIHEI — The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill five primary and 11 alternate seats on its advisory council.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following seats: Business/Commerce (primary and alternate); Commercial Shipping (alternate); Conservation (alternate); Fishing (primary and alternate); Lanai Island Representative (alternate); Maui Island Representative (primary and alternate); Molokai Island (alternate); Native Hawaiian (alternate); Oahu Island (primary and alternate); Research (alternate); and Youth (primary & alternate). The council ensures public participation in sanctuary matters and provides advice to sanctuary management.

“The members of our sanctuary advisory council represent extremely important elements of our community,” said Allen Tom, sanctuary superintendent.

“We rely on their input, experience and expertise to assist us in making informed and timely decisions on how best to protect and conserve our humpback whales and important cultural and natural resources.”

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. Applicants who are chosen as primary or alternate members should expect to serve a three-year term.

Applications are due by the end of Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. To receive an application kit, or for further information, contact Cindy Among-Serrao via e-mail at Cindy.Among-Serrao@noaa.gov or visit the sanctuary website at https://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/management/advisory/recruitment.html.