Humpback whale sanctuary seeks council members

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HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for seats on its advisory council.

The sanctuary said Thursday it needs people to fill 10 primary seats and 14 alternate seats representing various industries, interests and communities.

The vacant seats represent commercial shipping, whale watching, ocean recreation and conservation. It also needs people to represent the islands of Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian community.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat they're seeking. The sanctuary also considers the community and professional affiliations of applicants as well as their views on the protection and management of marine resources.

Applications are due Sept. 30.

The sanctuary is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the state of Hawaii.

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