More on the Proposed Monk Seal Critical Habitat – Civil Beat Article

Civil Beat had a great article in today's edition on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Monk Seal (for more on the regulation, see my earlier post here). Photo courtesy of NOAA. Sophie Cocke does a great job outlining the proposed habitat designation and then identifying the issues associated with the rulemaking. To date, the monk seal critical habitat was limited to the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This proposed rule brings the habitat to the Main Hawaiian Islands: Specific areas proposed for the MHI include terrestrial and marine habitat from 5 m inland from the shoreline extending seaward to the 500-m depth contour around: Kaula Island, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui Nui (including Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai), and Hawaii (except those areas that have been identified as not included in the designation). Stay tuned.

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