Public comment

NOAA is accepting public comment on the proposal through Jan. 31, 2022. For more information on the proposed sanctuary designation and how to comment, see the Federal Register notice. The State of Hawaiʻi is also initiating a public comment process under Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes Chapter 343, the Hawaiʻi Environmental Policy Act, as a joint process.

How to Comment

NOAA and the State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) are inviting the public to comment on the range of issues to be considered for the designation of a national marine sanctuary, including potential boundaries; impacts on historic properties; resources that would be protected by a sanctuary; and the potential socioeconomic, cultural, and biological impacts of sanctuary designation. The information the agency receives during the comment period will be used to develop draft designation documents including a draft sanctuary management plan, proposed sanctuary regulations, and terms of designation.

Red fish swims along reef with table coral.
Large Acropora table corals that survived Hurricane Walaka in the inner lagoon serve as valuable habitat for remaining fishes, like this bigeye ('Āweoweo, Priacanthus meeki). Image: Kimberly Jeffries/NOAA

The public can comment on the proposal until Jan. 31, 2022, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, www.regulations.gov. The docket number is NOAA-NOS-2021-0114. Comments may also be mailed if postmarked by Jan. 31, 2022. Comments should be addressed to:

PMNM-Sanctuary Designation
NOAA/ONMS
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg 176
Honolulu, HI 96818

Public Comment

Public Meetings

NOAA and DLNR will host virtual meetings on the dates and times specified to answer questions and gather public input:

For security purposes, registration is required. Commenters will have an allotted time period to provide comments. Hāmama ʻia nā hālāwai lehulehu a pau i ka hāpai ʻana i ka manaʻo ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi a hoʻopaʻa kūhelu ʻia. We welcome comments in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) at all public meetings. These meetings will be recorded in order to comply with State of Hawaiʻi requirements.