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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Appoints New Advisory Council Members

For immediate release:  March 7, 2008
Contact:    Mary Grady
(808) 397-2651 ext. 257 

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has selected eight new primary members and six alternate members to serve on its sanctuary advisory council. The new appointees bring a valuable range of experience to the council, which provides sanctuary staff with input and recommendations on sanctuary programs and management.

“The sanctuary is extremely excited with the selection of these new members,” said sanctuary manager Naomi McIntosh. “We look forward to working with them to continue to develop program efforts that enhance protection for Hawaii’s humpback whales.”

The newly appointed advisory council members are as follows, by position:

  • Kaua‘i County: James Yamamoto; Don Thornburg (alternate)
  • Hawai‘i County: Luana Howell; Victoria Newman (alternate)
  • Honolulu County: Bill Friedl; Chris Evans (alternate)
  • Maui County: Cheryl Sterling; William Worcester (alternate)
  • Education: Liz Kumabe, O‘ahu; Jennifer Barrett, O‘ahu (alternate)
  • Fishing: Bob Bruck, Maui
  • Native Hawaiian: Merleene Kirkland, Hawai‘i
  • Research: Adam Pack, O‘ahu; Marc Lammers, O‘ahu (alternate)

Established in 1996, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting humpback whales. The council is composed of 16 government and 15 non-governmental representatives. Serving in a volunteer capacity, the advisory council represents a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public. Sanctuary advisory council primary and alternate members serve two-year terms, meeting bi-monthly in public sessions.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is administered by a partnership between NOAA and the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. The shallow, warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian islands constitute one of the world’s most important humpback whale habitats. Approximately two-thirds of the entire north Pacific humpback whale population migrates to Hawaiian waters each winter to engage in calving, nursing and breeding activities.

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program seeks to increase the public awareness of America’s marine resources and maritime heritage by conducting scientific research, monitoring, exploration and educational programs. Today, the sanctuary program manages 13 national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument that together encompass more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes natural and cultural resources.

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