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Management Plan Review


The sanctuary was designated by an act of Congress in 1992 as a single-species sanctuary to protect humpback whales and their habitat. The purposes and policies of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA, 16 U.S.C. 1434(e)) requires NOAA to periodically review and evaluate the implementation of management plans and goals for each national marine sanctuary. Accordingly, NOAA must revise management plans and regulations as necessary to ensure that national marine sanctuaries continue to best conserve, protect, and enhance nationally significant living and cultural resources. The current management plan review began in 2010, and this process will result in a new management plan for the sanctuary. The target for completing a draft revised management plan is 2016. The management plan review process will help to evaluate gaps in existing marine conservation efforts in Hawaiʻi, and identify potential roles for the sanctuary in future management. No final decisions have been made and there continues to be opportunities for public engagement. Read more information about the management plan review.

Scroll over the graphic below to learn more about the different steps of the management plan review and associated reports and documents

View the Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement document. To view sections of the document click on the Draft Management Plan and EIS link in the diagram below.

Sanctuary Public Hearing Meetings
The sanctuary will conduct a round of public hearing meetings in the communities across the State of Hawaiʻi from April 27, 2015 to May 7, 2015.

Public comments can be submitted at:!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-2015-0028

Or by mail:


NOS/ONMS/Malia Chow
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg 176 
Honolulu, HI 96818


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