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Sanctuary Public Scoping Process

To officially begin the Management Plan Review process, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) held a 90-day public scoping period from July 14, 2010 to October 16, 2010. The sanctuary asked members of the public to tell us their views on expanding the scope and direction of the sanctuary to protect and conserve other living marine resources and submerged cultural heritage resources within the sanctuary. Currently, the sanctuary is limited to protecting humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai‘i.

The sanctuary completed a series of public scoping meetings in communities across the state from August 10 - 26, 2010. Please find below more information about the scoping meetings and comments the sanctuary received during the 90-day period.

View the Meeting Flyer.

View the Meeting Presentation.

See the Management Plan Review letter from State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources.


View comments from the public scoping meetings.


Get more information (listserve sign-up, contact us, and more).

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