Advisory council applicants sought for Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve is seeking applicants for the conservation alternate, research alternate, commercial fishing primary and Native Hawaiian primary seats on its advisory council.

The council ensures public participation in reserve management and provides advice to the superintendent.

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“Community representatives on our advisory council are an extremely important part of our team,” said Athline Clark, NOAA’s superintendent for Papahanaumokuākea Marine National Monument. “Their input is an integral part of managing this special place.”

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. Those chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve a two or three-year term or until a different advisory body is created pursuant to the national monument’s management plan.

The advisory council consists of 28 primary and alternate voting 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 one voting member appointed by the governor and 10 non-voting governmental seats representing the U.S. departments of Defense, the Interior and State and the Marine Mammal Commission, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Science Foundation, U.S. Coast Guard, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Papahanaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Applications are due by Thursday, Oct. 31.

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To receive an application kit or for more information, contact Moani Pai, administrative officer, via email at Moani.Pai@noaa.gov or by calling 933-8191. Application kits can also be downloaded at www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/new-about/council/apply/.

For more information, visit www.papahanaumokuakea.gov.

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