Monk Seal PEIS Public Hearings - Your Voice Needed

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Monk Seal PEIS Public Hearings - Your Voice Needed

Post by Brian F. » Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:58 am

Subject: MONK SEAL PEIS PUBLIC HEARINGS (to discuss translocation of monk seal pups to the Main Hawaiian Islands, among other measures for recovery)


ATTENTION!!!

Please read the following message, then review this link for the PEIS Newsletter to understand the various options/scenarios NOAA is considering in their recovery plan. Then read and visit the attached sites provided for you to get familiarized with the history and analyses of the situation with the Hawaiian monk seals.

Some favor Alternative 2: No Action (no new permits authorized). as it satisfies the position that human interactions might be a leading cause of their decline since the 1950's.
The No Action Alternative would not allow new permits or amendments to be issued after the current permit (permit number 10137) expires in 2014).

However, others favor Alternative 1: Status Quo allows NOAA to continue with their approved research and enhancement activities through 2014 when it expires.
Under the Status Quo Alternative, the current NOAA Fisheries Research and Enhancement Permit (permit number 10137) would continue until its expiration in 2014. The Status Quo Alternative:

Would NOT conduct supplemental feeding.
Would NOT allow new, or previously unpermitted, activities.
Would NOT approve new permits or amendments if it were determined that issuance would bring more harm than good to Hawaiian monk seals (or more specifi cally, exceed ESA jeopardy or adverse modification thresholds)

Alternative 3 allows additional recovery initiatives but does NOT allow for the translocation of juvenile monk seals to the Main Hawaiian Islands.

NOAA prefers Alternative 4 that allows for the translocation of juvenile seals to the Main Hawaiian Islands plus other recovery initiatives;

The call is yours, but you have to make your voice heard: Attend your respective Public Hearings and COMMUNICATE your fishing community's position with regard to the monk seals!

***PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (PEIS) FOR HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL RECOVERY ACTIONS ***– This proposed action deals with the translocation of juvenile monk seals to the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) and your comments are essential. This is a separate matter from the monk seal CRITICAL HABITAT public hearings that were just completed. DO NOT be confused! Your voice is critical in deciding whether or not to bring more monk seals to the MHI.

More information: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis ... nkseal.htm

Public hearings will be held September 12-17, 2011, to give the public an opportunity to give a verbal testimony on the Draft PEIS. See below for locations and times.
Each hearing will consist of the following:

A 30-minute open house session to give folks an opportunity to talk with members of the project team, including NMFS scientists and managers involved in monk seal recovery.
Testimonials from the public:

To provide a testimony you must sign up in person (beginning 30 minutes before and anytime during the hearing).
Over the 6-day period of hearings, each person or group will have one opportunity to testify as an individual, and one opportunity to testify as a group.
Public hearings will continue until the end time listed. If people who have signed up have not had an opportunity to testify by the end of the hearing, the hearing officer may announce the continuation of the meeting if venue policies and other constraints allow.

Following is a list of the public hearing locations, dates, and times, as well as where paper copies of the document will be available for public review.

Honolulu, O'ahu
Monday, September 12, 2011

Central Union Church
1660 South Beretania Street
Open House: 5:30 pm-6:00 pm
Public Hearing: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Kaunakakai, Moloka'i
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana
290 Kolapa Place
Open House: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Public Hearing: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Hilo, Hawai'i
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
308 Kamehameha Avenue, Suite 109
Open House: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Public Hearing: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

KÄ«hei, Maui
Thursday, September 15, 2011

KÄ«hei Community Recreation Center
303 East Lipoa Road
Open House: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Public Hearing: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

LÄ«hu'e, Kaua'i
Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wilcox Elementary School
4319 Hardy Street
Morning Open House: 9:00 am-9:30 am
Morning Public Hearing: 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Afternoon Open House: 4:00 pm-4:30 pm
Afternoon Public Hearing: 4:30 pm-7:00 pm

Other Ways to Participate:

Email comments to: monkseal@noaa.gov

Mail comments to:
NOAA Fisheries
Office of Protected Resources, Pacific Islands Regional Office
1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. 1110
Honolulu, HI 96814
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Re: Monk Seal PEIS Public Hearings - Your Voice Needed

Post by Brian F. » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:07 am

If you would like to ask questions or talk to someone about fishermen's concerns, please PM me.
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Re: Monk Seal PEIS Public Hearings - Your Voice Needed

Post by kona-ulua-style » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:36 am

Hello, Hawaiian "MONK" seals, Monk:- name is monk-because they do not like interact with other seals and humans...Like Human monks/loners...

Males will grow up 400lbs and females up 600lbs..they eat fishes,octupus,squids and lobsters... We have to stay Yards away..from each one..?

The Seals and sea lions in California coast lines.. .is a major problem because they steal fishes from fisherman, take over the piers and wharfs...and beaches... and complete for the same sources of food... (they have NO limits or sizes of foods)...

To catch them Hawaiian monk seals..? there is morality rate too... (which you will NEVER heard about too..) these are WILD animals...hard to catch and keep alive without danger them.. Many researchers up North...have a records of how many die while trying to remove them to other places...(again which you will NEVER know about too)..

Once Hawaiian monk seals establish themselves in Hawaii... they will "OWN" those beaches, piers, and fishing spots...?
Many if caught on fishing hooks..? ...better believe...laws will change to flavor the saving of the Hawaiian monk seals...? ..reducing the places to fish and swim at... the style of fishing from shorelines.

After all these Hawaiian monk seals will be protect by NOAA- because they are listed as "Endanger species)....and Hawaii laws will change too to help protect these "seal"..
Your rights to fish from shore..may NOT be respected...for the protection of the " Hawaiian Seals".
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We can be wrong on all the above...? ..but history does repeat it self for sure...?

Aloha, ...best to speak up and fight against allowing Hawaiian monk seals to the Hawaii Islands..!

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Re: Monk Seal PEIS Public Hearings - Your Voice Needed

Post by Brian F. » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:14 am

Some of the testimony from last night's Oahu hearing. Some serious misinformation from an environmental group testifier: "NWHI fished out and that's why seals are dying".......Please, even the news crew got it right.

http://www.criticalmention.com/ctv3-1/l ... fbf784a8df
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Re: Monk Seal PEIS Public Hearings - Your Voice Needed

Post by Brian F. » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:45 am

Copied this from the Aquahunter's Forum:
There is more stuff in the recent HFN.

Also here's some coments by one of our power boat club members.

OK, this one is REALLY complicated because the process gets into a lot of legal procedural stuff. The September 14th meeting is a "talk story" session, NOAA's Office of Protected Resources will present some information (pretty much what is in the attached newsletter). They will then explain the procedural aspects, ie. how to provide public comments and what is and what is not fair game to comment about. You should be aware that there is a technical legal difference between the "public hearing" period and the "public comment" process. At the September 14th meeting, whatever you say will only be taken as feelings of the public, i.e. they will document how the public feels about the 4 proposed options (from Alternative #1: "Do Nothing" to Alternative #4 "Move some Seals to Main Hawaiian Islands". You should be aware that the process is not a vote - the fact that more people might "vote" for alternative #1 is not important to the decisionmakers.

Written comments provided to NOAA through the public comment period, ending on October 17, 2011 is much more important and will be weighed more heavily. These comments must be based on scientific, economic, social, and/or other legitimate basis. For instance, a good comment might be "Many families go fishing, it is an important recreational outlet for families. Children are taught many important aspects of nature when families go fishing. therefore, fishing should not be impacted by the monk seal management plan." Or, "Many families go fishing and eat their catch for subsistence or to supplement their food sources. Therefore it would be wrong for NOAA to put restrictions on fishing.".

In my opinion (and based on my own research and meetings that I've attended), the enemy is not the Feds. They are simply implementers of the laws as they are handed to them (or more correctly pressured into). They do have some leeway in how to interpret the laws and the managers at NOAA's Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) do understand the importance of fishing in Hawaii (and in my opinion, doing everything they can to preserve fishing). The enemy is the conservation groups who interpret the law in a way to place as many restrictions on extractive activities, such as fishing. The conservations groups push NOAA with various legal procedures. they are good at using the NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) and ESA (Endangered Species Act) to overpower State fish and game agencies (in Hawaii DLNR). These conservation groups and their lawyers regularly visit the top managers of NOAA, including the NOAA PIRO office, and pressure the managers with tough questions on why NOAA PIRO is doing this or doing that, and if PIRO does not follow through, the conservation group's lawyers will file suits for force action. On the other hand, we (fishers) have no state-wide organization, no lobbyists, no lawyers. All we have is a few guys who get up on their soapbox and rail at the Feds and DLNR whenever we have a public hearing or talk story sessions. At EVERY meeting with NOAA or DLNR, all I hear from them is "You guys (fishers) need to get organized or you're all dead. We need your (fisher's) help. The conservationists are killing you (fishers)." IMHO, fishing in Hawaii is going to be killed by the conservationists and enviros. [In the Hawaii state legislature there are many more enviro friendly legislators than fisher friendly legislators.]

In California, the conservationists and enviros spent upward of $1,000,000 over several years to get the MLPA Act passed (1999) and implemented (2010). The Marine Life Protection Act closed numerous places as no-take zones. The enviros moved quickly and the fishers were fragmented like in Hawaii. By the time they raised $300,000 to fight the MLPA, the battle was almost over. Fishers won some battles, but lost the war.

What Bill said, "If you are thinking, "Yeah, right. That'll never happen!" History shows you are wrong." He is completely correct. It is happening now. The State DBEDT Office of Planning is implementing its update to the Coastal Zone Management plan and has extended its planning and management jurisdiction to include all state waters (3 mile line). This is a program to happen over the next 5 years. At the same time, the Feds are implementing the Coastal and Marine Spatial Plan, also to be implemented over the next 5 years. The conservationists/enviros are already lined up with their wishlist.

Phil

Also think about potential restricted access to launch points.
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