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Government Relations Committee - July 15, 2014
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The next GRC meeting is Tuesday, July 15, 2014 and our guest will be Dr. Malia Chow, Superintendent for NOAA, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Why should you be interested in attending? 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently completed a Hawaii coral-mapping study. The results of this study could have tremendous impact on maintenance and expansion of commercial harbors in Hawaii. Furthermore, the Sanctuary designation for monk seals will impact almost the entire Hawaiian Island chain. Add to this the designation of critical habitat by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which BIA has been actively monitoring, and development and our economy will be hurt.


Please join us at 7:30 am at Castle and Cooke Hawaii's office at Dole Cannery.


About Dr. Malia Chow

Dr. Malia Chow serves as the NOAA Sanctuary Superintendent for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary, which is jointly managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Hawai`i, lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats. The sanctuary is currently undergoing a management plan review process to consider expanding the scope and direction for the sanctuary which may include adding additional cultural and natural resources of national significance. 
Malia was raised on the Island of Oahu and is from a family whose Hawaiian genealogy traces back 10 generations. Malia left the Islands after high school to earn a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Washington and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland’s Center of Marine Biotechnology. Malia returned back to the Islands and began working as a researcher at the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on Coconut Island where dedicated her research to focus on the unique and fragile marine resources of the Hawaiian Islands. 
Malia has been working for NOAA for the past 12 years where she has been able to apply her science background to the conservation and management of natural and cultural resources in Hawaii.

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