Permitting


Permit Applications and Environmental Documents for Public Review

Monument managers continue to engage and inform the public of activities proposed to occur in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Application summaries and full applications are provided for public review. Posting of a permit application does not equate to permit approval. Final authorized permit activities may differ from the proposed activities.

The Summary Information page of each application is posted soon after it is received, in accordance with the Monument's Unified Public Notification Policy. Summary pages provide general information and can be thought of as a snap shot of the full application. The full application is posted once the Monument Permit Coordinators deem the application to be "complete" and address permitting criteria.

Monument Regulations require that applications for Special Ocean Use activities proposed OUTSIDE of Midway Atoll Special Management Area must be posted for public notice and comment 30 days prior to the issuance of a Monument permit.

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Summaries and Full Permit Applications Under Review

The following summaries and full applications are grouped by permit type:

Research

E/V Nautilus Oceanographic Expedition of Papahānaumokuākea Seamounts
Summary
Application

Documenting Geographical Differences in Mercury Accumulation in the Bulwer's Petrels
Summary
Application

Documenting the Biodiversity of Deep Reefs Using Conventional and Technical SCUBA Diving Technology
Summary
Application

Genetic Surveys to Address the Level of Isolation Between Shallow and Deep Reef Ecosystems
Summary
Application

Age Growth Study of Bluestriped Snapper
Summary
Application

Education

HAM Radio Camp Operation From Kure Atoll
Summary

Filming for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: Pristine and Protected
Summary
Application

Filming Educational Videos for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Summary
Application

Conservation and Management

"Midway Seabird Protection Project"
Summary
Application

Native Hawaiian Practices

Archaeological Surveys of Mokumanamana (Necker) and Nihoa Islands
Summary
Application

Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Examine Nearshore Ecosystems
Summary
Application

Special Ocean Use for Activities outside Midway Atoll

IMAX Plastic Pollution and Marine Debris Documenatry Pre-Production
Summary
Application

Special Ocean Use for Activities solely within Midway Atoll

Creating Art Work to Promote the Significance of Papahānaumokuākea
Summary
Application

Recreation (Midway Atoll)

There are no applications or permits at this time.


Environmental Review Documents

Appropriate regulatory and environmental reviews (e.g. Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Compatibility Determinations) related to Monument permit applications are posted below:

Environmental Assessment

Midway Seabird Protection Project Draft Environmental Assessment Available for Public Comment
Read here


Compatibility Determination

There are no Compatibility Determinations for review at this time.


Comments can be sent to:
Email: nwhipermit@noaa.gov
Mail: NOAA/IRC, NOS/ONMS/PMNM/Permit Coordinator
1845 Wasp Blvd, Building 176
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96818
Facsimile: (808) 455-3093