NOAA Fisheries is holding a series of community meetings seeking community input on proposed Hawaiian monk seal recovery actions. We are seeking information on potential adverse effects to historic properties, traditional cultural properties (e.g., archaeological sites), and 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 (PEIS) 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
Hilo meeting will be held at Hilo High School (556 Waianuenue Avenue) on Tuesday, 27 November 2012, from 6-8pm. Kona meeting will be held at Kealakehe Elementary School (74-5118 Kealakaa) on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, from 6-8pm. Please contact Paul Cleghorn at 808.263.4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.