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Management Documents

This page provides links to pdf versions of documents related to the management of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Documents are organized by product type.

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Sanctuary Document Types
Management Plan Review Documents Legislation
Other Management Documents

Management Plan Review Documents

Current Management Plan Review
Description: Download documents from the Sanctuary's current Management Plan Review Process. Documents range from the sanctuary condition report, the state of the sanctuary report, related meeting flyers, and the 2007 report to the Governor.

View current management plan review documents

2002 Management Plan Review
Description: Download the following documents from the Sanctuary's 2002 Management Plan Review. The Management Plan is available in parts and in its entirety.

Cover and Introduction (pdf 745K)
Sanctuary Description and Vision (pdf 745K)
Introduction to Action Plans (pdf 745K)
Natural Resource Protection Action Plan (pdf 745K)
Education & Outreach Action Plan (pdf 745K)
Research & Monitoring Action Plan (pdf 745K)
Cultural Resource Enhancement Action Plan (pdf 745K)
Administration Action Plan (pdf 745K)
Appendices (pdf 2.9MB)

Entire Revised Management Plan (all sections listed above in one pdf file 5.8 MB)

Final Rule
(pdf 1.4MB)

Other Management Documents

Compact Agreement
Document Size: 236 KB
Description: This Intergovernmental Compact Agreement was made between the State of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States Department of Commerce for the purpose of clarifying the relative jurisdiction, authority, and conditions of the NOAA-State partnership for managing the Sanctuary. It clarifies the State's continuing authority and jurisdiction over its State waters, submerged lands, and other resources within the Sanctuary. The Compact further establishes provisions with respect to NOAA's collaboration with the State of Hawaii on Sanctuary management issues.

HIHWNMS Final Environmental Impact Statement/Management Plan, 1997
Because of the large file size of this document it has been split into 5 sections. Please allow ample time for download.
Document Size: Section 1 (7.9 MB), Section 2 (9.2 MB), Section 3 (7.8 MB), Section 4 (6.5 MB), Section 5 (5.1 MB)
Description: Download the 1997 Final Environmental Impact Statement / Management Plan for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. This document was prepared by the Sanctuaries and Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

Site Characterization Study, 1994
Document Size: 6.1 MB
Description: In 1993, the Sanctuary and Reserves Division (SRD) of NOAA, requested the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Extension Service to conduct a Site Characterization Study of the congressionally designated Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The purpose of the Site Characterization Study was to gather the most recent and substantive information available concerning existing resources in the designated area.


Document Size: 460 KB
Description: View the Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary Act [Subtitle C of Public Law 102-587, as amended by Pub. L. 104-283]

Document Size: 48 KB
Description: View the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA) which authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to designate and manage areas of the marine environment with special national significance due to their conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, scientific, cultural, archeological, educational, or esthetic qualities as national marine sanctuaries.

Endangered Species Act
Document Size: 268 KB or excerpts from ESA 24 KB
Description: View the Endangered Species Act which protects humpback whales and other endangered species in the United States.

Marine Mammal Protection Act
Document Size: 524 KB or excerpts from MMPA 28 KB
Description: View the Marine Mammal Protected Act which provides protection to all marine mammals in the United States.

United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Document Size: Parts 222-224 - 32 KB and Parts 216 - 32 KB
Description: View the regulations of parts 222, 223, and 224 of the CFR which implement the Endangered Species Act (Act), and govern the taking, possession, transportation, sale, purchase, barter, exportation, importation of, and other requirements pertaining to wildlife and plants under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Commerce and determined to be threatened or endangered pursuant to section 4(a) of the Act. Also, view parts 216 of the CFR which implement the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, which among other things, restricts the taking, possession, transportation, selling, offering for sale,and importing of marine mammals.

Hawai`i's Wildlife Law (excerpts)
Document Size: 32 KB
Description: View excerpts of the State of Hawai`i's Wildlife Law which relate to the protection of humpback whales.


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