STAND. COM. REP. NO.1009-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.R. No. 38

H.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Water and Land Use, to which was referred H.R. No. 38 entitled:

"HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR AND THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION TO REAUTHORIZE THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY, URGING SANCTUARY MANAGERS TO ASSESS CURRENT PRIORITY THREATS TO HUMPBACK WHALES IN SANCTUARY WATERS TO DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN, AND COMMENDING THE SANCTUARY MANAGERS FOR EXPLORING APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO ADDRESS THE THREAT OF COLLISIONS BETWEEN WHALES AND MARINE VESSELS IN SANCTUARY WATERS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this resolution is to:

(1) Urge the Governor and the Undersecretary for Oceans

and atmospheric Administration of NOAA to reauthorize

the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine

Sanctuary.

(2) Urge sanctuary managers to assess current priority

threats to humpback whales in sanctuary waters and

develop long-term management strategy and action plan.

(3) Commend sanctuary managers for exploring appropriate

measures addressing the threat of collisions between

whales and marine vessels in sanctuary waters.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, NOAA Humpback Wale NMS, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Audobon Society, and the National Audubon Society provided testimony in support of this measure.

Your committee has amended this resolution by making technical non substantive changes for style and clarity.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land Use that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 38, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance, in the form attached hereto as H.R. No. 38, H.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land Use,

 

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EZRA KANOHO, Chair