Federal Agencies Seek Public Input on Proposed Marine Sanctuary in Hawaii

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in conjunction with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), is initiating a process to designate a national marine sanctuary within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which encompasses 583,000 square miles of ocean and includes ten islands and atolls near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA and FWS are seeking public comments to assist with the preparation of an environmental impact statement. NOAA will host four virtual public scoping meetings in December and will allow for comments in both English and Hawaiian. The public comment period is open through January 31, 2022.