Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Info from the Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the public forum tonight. This is from them:
In an effort to further public understanding of, and facilitate discussion concerning, the Pew Environmental Group’s proposal for a “National Park of the Sea” in the area surrounding the three northernmost Northern Islands, Chamber Vice President Harry Blalock will be moderating a forum in the auditorium at the American Memorial Park museum this Thursday (May 22) evening at 6:00 p.m. This session will allow for a presentation by two individuals – Jay Nelson, Director of the Ocean Legacy Project of the Pew Environmental Group and William Aila, who participated in the creation and management of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument – and then for a question-and-answer period. I attach below brief CV’s, provided by Pew, of Messrs. Nelson and Aila. If you haven’t had an opportunity to engage in primary-source research regarding this proposal, this is your chance.

Jay Nelson


Director - Global Ocean Legacy for Pew Environment Group. Ocean Legacy originated as an outgrowth of work done by Pew in 2005–2006 to support the creation of a fully protected marine reserve in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Partners supporting Ocean Legacy include Pew, the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Robertson Foundation. Inspired by this success, the Pew-managed Ocean Legacy project is dedicated to establishing, globally, over the next decade, at least three to five large, world-class, no-take marine reserves. Ocean Legacy marine reserves will provide ocean-scale ecosystem benefits and help conserve our global marine heritage.

William Aila

William is a long time harbormaster on the Waianae coast of Oahu and commercial fisherman. He is well-known as an advocate for indigenous Hawaiian rights works closely with the group Na Imi Pono [sic]. In 2006 he ran for Governor of Hawai'i in the Democratic primary. William was intimately involved in advocating for the protection of the NW Hawaiian Islands for Native Hawaiian cultural and religious reasons from the late 1990's through today. He remains active in decisions about the management of the NW Hawaiian Islands today. William is very familiar with fisheries management in the Pacific through his more than ten year’s service on various Wespac advisory panels.

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