Gov. Neil Abercrombie's announcement of the signing of the U.S. Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP) agreement drew praise from a group of conservation organizations that had recently completed a workshop on the National Ocean Policy and the Hawai'i Ocean Resources Management Plan.
Joining Gov. Abercrombie in signing the Governors' Pacific Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP) agreement were the governors of the Territory of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Territory of Guam. According to Hawai'i Office of Planning Director Jesse Souki, "The PROP creates a structure for developing regional priorities and a framework for collaboratively working with stakeholders such as local communities; county, state and federal agencies; non-governmental organizations; and the private sector." One of the major objectives of the PROP will be to facilitate implementation of the priority objectives of the National Ocean Policy.
Workshop participants developed a set of consensus recommendations regarding the updating of the Hawai'i Ocean Resources Management Plan and submitted them to the Hawai'i Coastal Zone Management Program on Aug. 31. The recommendations include revising the Ocean Resources Management Plan to align with the objectives of the National Ocean Policy.