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

For immediate release:  March 16, 2009
Contact:    Christine Brammer
(808) 397-2651 ext. 252

NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has selected seven new primary members and eight 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:

  • Business Commerce: Jim Coon, Maui; Stephen Juarez, Maui (alternate)
  • Citizen-At-Large: Dave Hoffman, O‘ahu; Jill Komoto, Hawai‘i (alternate)
  • Commercial Shipping: Dale Hazlehurst, O‘ahu; William Anonsen, O‘ahu (alternate)
  • Conservation: Lou Herman, O‘ahu; Robin Newbold, Maui (alternate)
  • Ocean Recreation: Teri Leicher, Hawai‘i; Terry O'Halloran, O‘ahu (alternate)
  • Tourism: Mike Stanton, Hawai‘i; Richard Brunner, Maui (alternate)
  • Whale Watching: Reginald White, O‘ahu; Joan Varawa, Lana‘i (alternate)
  • Native Hawaiian: Trisha Watson, 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.

The 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.

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