Humpback Whales visit Kailua Bay
Humpback Whales visit Kailua Bay

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.  This meeting will provide reports on the sanctuary’s management plan review process, 2012 whale season, cultural and historic resources evaluation (Section 106), enforcement activities, NOAA Fisheries actions, Japan tsunami marine debris and will focus on the sanctuary advisory council Aloha ‘Aina Workshop report. The workshop focused on ways to integrate traditional and place-based knowledge and scientific information in cultural and natural resource management.

 

Those wishing to speak on agenda items may add their name to the public comment sign-up sheet located at the conference room on the day of the meeting. Oral testimony is limited to three minutes.  Any persons wishing to testify on agenda items is requested to submit a written copy of their testimony to the council coordinator by September 18, 2012 for distribution to the council prior to the meeting. After September 18, 2012 it is the submitter’s responsibility to provide sanctuary staff with an adequate number of copies for distribution to the council members in attendance (a minimum of 40 copies) the day of the meeting. Written comments may be mailed to 6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Suite 301, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96825, faxed to (808) 397-2650, or E-mailed to: Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov. To receive more information, please contact the O‘ahu sanctuary office at (808) 397-2651 ext. 257.

 

WHAT:           Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

 

WHEN:           September 20, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:         6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96825

 

WHO:            Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

 

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. Join us on Facebook.

 

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 our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.

 

DLNR’s mission is to enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawai‘i’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. Join us on Facebook.

 

On the Web:

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary: http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov

State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources: http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/

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