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Sanctuary Advisory Council Application



The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is currently seeking interested individuals for seats on the Sanctuary Advisory Council.

Beginning immediately, we will accept applications for council membership for the following seats:

  • Commercial Shipping (alternate)
  • Conservation (primary)
  • Education (primary & alternate)
  • Fishing (primary & alternate)
  • Hawai‘i Island Representative (primary & alternate)
  • Kaua‘i Island Representative (primary & alternate)
  • Lāna‘i Island Representative (primary)
  • Maui Island Representative (primary)
  • Native Hawaiian (alternate)
  • Ocean Recreation (primary)
  • Research (primary & alternate)
  • Tourism (alternate)
  • Whale Watching (primary & alternate)

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was formed in 1996 for the purpose of providing advice to sanctuary management on the management and protection of the sanctuary. The council, through its members, also serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary issues and acts as a conduit, relaying the community's interests, concerns and management needs to the sanctuary. Council members serve three-year terms which are staggered to allow for continuity within the council. At this time the sanctuary is opening up the selection process to the community and providing applications to interested individuals.

The deadline for application submittal is Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
Instructions and the application form can be downloaded below. Before submitting the application, please read the Council Charter to familiarize yourself with the council's roles and responsibilities. Any questions can be directed to Cindy Among-Serrao,, (808) 725-5923.

Please send all applications in by Tuesday, December 17, 2019 either via e-mail to or via mail to:
ATTN: NOS/HIHWNMS/Cindy Among-Serrao
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg 176
Honolulu, HI 96818


SAC Membership Application Instructions and Form (pdf)

Council Charter (pdf)

Council Handbook (pdf)



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