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The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill seven primary and 10 alternate seats on its advisory council. There are still two weeks left until the Nov. 30 deadline to apply for the seats. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary matters and provides advice to sanctuary management.

“The members of our advisory council represent an extremely important element of our community,” said Malia Chow, sanctuary superintendent. “Their input, experience and expertise assist sanctuary managers in making informed and timely decisions on how best to protect and conserve our important cultural and natural resources.”

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The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following seats: Kauaʻi County (primary and alternate); Hawaiʻi County (primary and alternate); Lānaʻi Island (alternate); citizen-at-large (alternate); education (alternate); tourism (alternate); whale watching (primary and alternate); fishing (primary and alternate); research (primary); Honolulu County (primary); Maui County (primary and alternate); and Molokai Island (alternate).

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve a two-year term.