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Whale sanctuary seeks applicants for council

The Maui News

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill all five primary and 11 alternate seats on its advisory council.

The sanctuary, located in Kihei, is taking applications for the following seats:

• Business/commerce (primary and alternate)

• Commercial shipping (alternate)

• Conservation (alternate)

• Fishing (primary and alternate)

• Lanai representative (alternate)

• Maui representative (primary and alternate)

• Molokai representative (alternate)

• Native Hawaiian (alternate)

• Oahu (primary and alternate)

• Research (alternate)

• Youth (primary and alternate)

The council ensures public participation in sanctuary matters and provides advice to sanctuary management, according to a news release.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat, community and personal affiliations and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as primary or alternate members should expect to serve a three-year term.

Applications are due by the end of Jan. 14.

To receive an application kit, or for more information, contact Cindy Among-Serrao via email at Cindy.Among-Serrao@noaa.gov or visit hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/management/advisory/recruitment.html.

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