Subject: Humpback whale sanctuary (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 09:50:09 -0500 (EST)

Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 05:22:17 -0800
From: MARMAM Editors <marmamed@UVic.CA>
Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion
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Subject: humpback whale sanctuary

From: Ray Taylor <rtaylor@erols.com>

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

The shallow, warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands comprise
one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats.  Scientists
estimate that two-thirds of the entire North Pacific humpback whale
population migrate to Hawaiian waters to engage in breeding, calving and
nursing activities.  The continued protection of humpback whales and their
Hawaiian habitat is crucial to the long-term recovery of this magnificent
endangered species.  These waters are also home to the highly endangered
Hawaiian monk seal, sea turtles, seabirds and many endemic coral reef fish
and invertebrate species.

This Spring, the Governor of Hawaii will decide on whether to approve or
reject NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
The Governor needs to hear that there is public support for the Hawaiian
Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary or it may be rejected.
The Hawaii Sanctuary provides an opportunity to coordinate the various
activities of Federal, State and local government agencies and the public
that may affect humpback whales and their habitat.  The Sanctuary also has
established a citizen's advisory council to allow public input into the
management of the site and will provide additional resources for
marine-related research, long-term monitoring and education projects.

If you would like to write to the governor to express your support of the
sanctuary, please direct letters to:

Honorable Benjamin J. Cayetano
Governor
State of Hawaii
Executive Chambers
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, HI  96813


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