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Plan to move monk seals on hold for several years


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> Whatever happened to the National Marine Fisheries Service's plan to move young Hawaiian monk seals to the main Hawaiian Islands from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for a temporary stay as a way to boost survival rates?</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> In 2011, federal officials proposed the idea in an effort to help save the critically endangered species. But the translocation proposed under the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program is likely on hold for at least several years as scientists and others endeavor to raise community awareness about challenges confronting the species, establish adequate infrastructure for the seals in the main Hawaiian Islands, and undergo a permit process.</p>
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Question: Whatever happened to the National Marine Fisheries Service's plan to move young Hawaiian monk seals to the main Hawaiian Islands from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for a temporary stay as a way to boost survival rates?

Answer: In 2011, federal officials proposed the idea in an effort to help save the critically endangered species. But the translocation proposed under the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program is likely on hold for at least several years as scientists and others endeavor to raise community awareness about challenges confronting the species, establish adequate infrastructure for the seals in the main Hawaiian Islands, and undergo a permit process. Login for more...



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