Call for public comment on NWHI Coral Reserve

Roger B Griffis Roger.B.Griffis at
Tue Dec 12 14:21:16 EST 2000

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Call for public comment on conservation measures of the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Reserve

On December 4, 2000, U.S. President Clinton signed Executive Order
13178, establishing the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef
Ecosystem Reserve.  The President initiated a 30-day comment period and
directed the Secretary of Commerce to receive public comment on the
Reserve conservation measures, and whether to make the Reserve
Preservation Areas permanent.

Public comment period ends January 8, 2001.  Six public hearings will be
held in Hawaii December 11-15.  One public hearing will be held in
Washington, D.C. on December 13.  Information is provided below on the
public hearings and how to submit comments.

For a full schedule of public hearings please see:

For information on submitting comments in writing please see:
Comments must be postmarked no later than January 8, 2001. Comments may
be submitted by mail, fax or electronically to:

                    Roger Griffis, NOAA,
                    Office of Policy and Strategic Planning
                    Rm. 6117, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW
                    Washington, D.C. 20230-0001

                    Fax 301/713-4306
                    E-mail address: hawaiicomments at

                    For further information or to request an information
packet on
                    the President's proposal, please contact Roger
Griffis at
                    866-616-3605 (toll free) or visit the Web site

For information on the new Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef
Reserve please see:

Schedule of Public Hearings:
Northwestern Hawaiian Island Coral Reef Reserve

             December 11, 2000
             6 p.m.
             Ala Moana Hotel - Garden Lanai
             410 Atkinson Drive
             Honolulu, HI

             December 11, 2000
             6 p.m.
             *King Kamehameha Hotel
             75-5660 Palani Road
             Kailua-Kona, HI
             *Parking will be validated.

             December 12, 2000
             6 p.m.
             Hilo Cooperative Extension Service
             875 Komohana Street
             Conference Room A
             Hilo, HI

             December 13, 2000
             6 p.m.
             Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
             Ballroom B
             4191 Hardy Street
             Lihue, HI

             Washington, D.C.
             December 13, 2000
             1 p.m.
             U.S. Department of Commerce
             Room 4830
             14th & Constitution Avenue, NW

             December 14, 2000
             6 p.m.
             Wailuku Community Center
             395 Waena Street
             Wailuku, HI

             December 15, 2000
             6 p.m.
             Mitchell Pauole Center
             90 Ainoa Street
             Kaunakakai, HI
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