The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service is holding a series of community meetings seeking community input on proposed Hawaiian monk seal recovery actions.
Specifically, NOAA Fisheries is seeking information on potential adverse effects to historic properties and/or traditional cultural properties (e.g., archaeological sites), as well as information on potential impacts to cultural resources and practices (e.g., fish ponds and fish pond operation) that may result from implementation of actions proposed in the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery.
Examples of the proposed actions include capture, veterinary treatment, transportation, and release of monk seals on shorelines throughout the Hawaiian archipelago.
Input from community meetings around the State will be incorporated into a revised Cultural Impact Assessment for the PEIS and will form an important component of NOAA’s compliance with the National Historic Preservation Division Section 106.
The Draft PEIS is available for review at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/hawaiianmonkseal.htm
Meeting Schedule (all meetings to be held between 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
- Nov. 14 - Hana High School
- Nov. 15 - Lahainaluna High School
- Nov. 27 - Hilo High School
- Nov. 28 - Kealakehe Elementary School
- Dec. 11 - Waianae High School
- Dec. 12 - Waialua High & Intermediate School
- Dec. 13 - Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School