HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Should people be able to deter Hawaiian monk seals from coming too close to fishing gear, property or people?NOAA wants to hear your feedback on after they published a proposed rule.
The National Marine Fisheries service is proposing a rule in the federal registry on “Guidelines for Safely Deterring Marine Mammals.”
The Hawaii Marine Animal Response has already expressed their concerns with the proposals, saying in a social media post, “These proposed deterrence methods could make the existing desired Hawaiian monk seal interaction guidelines confusing for people who live and fish in Hawaii.”
They acknowledges such methods may be needed in other areas of the country, but it should not apply to the endangered Hawaiian monk seals.
The proposals also ask whether the proposed specific measures for endangered Hawaiian monk seals are appropriate in the Hawaiian cultural context.
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The public is being urged to submit their comments by Oct. 30.