Northwest Hawaiian Islands Advisory Council Needs Two Kanaka Maoli Members

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

NOAA’s Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, part of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, is seeking applicants for two seats on its advisory council.  The council ensures public participation in reserve management and provides advice and recommendations to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries regarding the reserve.

“Community representatives on our advisory council are an extremely important part of our team,” said David Swatland, acting superintendent for Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument.  “Their input is an integral part of managing this special place.”

The reserve is accepting applications for the following seats: Native Hawaiian elder (alternate) and Native Hawaiian (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. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve a two-year term or until a different advisory body is created pursuant to Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument’s management plan.

The advisory council consists of 15 primary and alternate members representing a variety of public interest groups, including conservation, education, research, and ocean-related commercial and recreational activities, as well as the Native Hawaiian community. It also includes 10 governmental seats representing: Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Department of State, Marine Mammal Commission, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Science Foundation, U.S. Coast Guard, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Applications are due March 31. To receive an application kit, or for further information, please contact Hoku Johnson, acting deputy superintendent, via email at; by phone at ; or by mail at Hoku Johnson, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, NOS/ONMS/PMNM 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu HI 96818. Application kits can also be downloaded at:

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