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Protect sealife, not business

April 14, 2011
Maui Weekly

How about any proof that it’s not related, like erring on the side of caution, following the “Precautionary Principal.”

Did you know there was a whale stricken by a boat in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary off Maui on Feb. 15? Probably not, as seemingly no report appears in media, and information is difficult to secure.

Coconut wireless alerts the community, but with no verifiable information available, rumors fly full of misinformation. All I can determine is an event did occur and it did not involve Pacific Whale Foundation. A NOAA investigation continues.

To secure information about the incident from NOAA, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request must be submitted, and such request will only be honored when the investigation concludes.

NOAA has filed one single case for a vessel striking a whale in Hawai‘i since 2007. One.

Our marine sanctuaries are part of NOAA, and NOAA is under the Department of Commerce, so is it about protecting business or protecting the natural creatures? You decide.



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