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Athline Clark named NOAA’s superintendent of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Athline Clark
Athline Clark (NOAA’s new superintendent of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument).

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries today announced the appointment of Athline Clark as NOAA’s new superintendent of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Clark has worked for the past five years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and previously she served as the state of Hawaiʻi co-manager for Papahānaumokuākea.

“Athline has more than 20 years of experience working with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, first in the Florida Keys, then as a sanctuary advisory council member for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary,” said Allen Tom, Pacific Islands regional director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “She has always been a part of the sanctuary universe in the Pacific Islands region, and we are excited to welcome her to NOAA's marine protected area family.”

“The advisory council is happy to have Athline on board, as she brings a wealth of knowledge about the history and management of this special place,” said Tim Johns, NOAA’s Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council chair. The council is a community-based advisory group that provides advice and recommendations to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries about the management of Papahānaumokuākea.

“I am encouraged by Athline’s wealth of experience from two decades of involvement working from all sides of conservation and resource management,” said Dan Basta, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries director. “For many of those years she has been working directly with us to manage the monument resources.”

Clark is a graduate of Kailua High School on the island of Oʻahu. She received a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Arts in urban and regional planning from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She will be located in NOAA’s Honolulu office at NOAA’s Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island.

Read the Press Release.