Hawaii & Alaska
NOAA Fisheries.

HI - Marine Sanctuary Off of Hawaiian Islands Under Consideration by NOAA

NOAA Fisheries has announced the initiation of a process to consider designating marine portions of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a national marine sanctuary.

NOAA Fisheries has announced the initiation of a process to consider designating marine portions of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a national marine sanctuary.

This designation would build on existing management by adding conservation benefits and enhanced long-term protection of a national marine sanctuary.

NOAA was directed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Report for FY 2021 to initiate the work on the national monument to supplement and complement, rather than supplant existing authorities.

Stakeholders and partners, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council and the state of Hawaii support the current sanctuary designation process.

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