“The members of our advisory council represent an extremely important element of our community,” said Malia Chow, sanctuary superintendent, in a Nov. 26 NOAA news release. “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 whale sanctuary council needs alternate members for the following seats: business/commerce, citizen-at-large, conservation, education, Lanai, Molokai, ocean recreation, tourism and whale watching. Those chosen will serve for two years.
Applications are due Dec. 31, according to the NOAA news release. For more information, contact council coordinator Shannon Lyday via email at Shannon.Lyday@noaa.gov; by phone at 808-725-5905; or online at Hawaiihumpbackwhale.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, NOAA is still on track to removing humpback whales from the federal list of endangered species–a move started by the group Hawaii Fisherman’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition, which is run by Humpback Whale Sanctuary Advisory Council member Philip Fernandez. Fernandez represents fishing interests on the advisory council.
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