[Coral-List] Coral public hearings in Pacific Islands

Lance W Smith ambulumatali at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 13:07:28 EST 2013

On November 30, 2012, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional
Office announced the proposed listing of 66 coral species under the
U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), 59 of which occur in the waters of
the US Pacific Islands Region (Hawaii, Guam, CNMI, American Samoa,
and Pacific Island Remote Areas). The proposal was published in the Federal
Register on December 7, 2012, and a 90-day public comment period is now
open through March 7, 2013. More information can be
found on the website: http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_coral.html

During the public comment period, we will hold 11 town hall meetings and
public hearings throughout the Pacific Islands Region, as shown in the
schedule below. Each town hall meeting and public hearing will be held from
5:00 pm to approximately 9:30 pm, and include an open house where
information on the proposal will be available, a presentation on the
proposal, a question and answer session, and the formal public comments.

Coral Town Hall and Public Hearing Schedule (all start at 5:00 pm):

Hilo, HI: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center

Kona, HI: Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Kahakai Elementary School

Molokai, HI: Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Mitchell Pauole Center,

Maui, HI: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the J. Walter Cameron Center,

Kauai, HI: Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Kauai Veteran's Center, Lihue

Oahu, HI: February 7, 2013, at Tokai University, Honolulu

Guam: Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Guam Hilton, Tumon Bay

Saipan, CNMI: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Multipurpose Center

American Samoa: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Sadie’s by the Sea

Tinian, CNMI: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the Fleming Hotel

Rota, CNMI: Friday, February 15, 2013, at the Mayor’s Office

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