Seeking Candidates for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Community Group

September 25, 2018

Help input to the agencies on the management, proper care, and effective stewardship of the Monument from diverse stakeholder perspectives, and to provide a forum for discussion of issues of concern and possible solutions.

View of underwater and the sky point of view.

Coral reef at Wake Atoll in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Photo: NOAA Fisheries/James Morioka.

We are pleased to announce that the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Marine National Monuments Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking volunteers to serve as members of a Community Group for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). 

The PRIMNM Community Group will provide input to the agencies on the management, proper care, and effective stewardship of the Monument from various stakeholder perspectives. It will also provide a forum to discuss issues of concern and possible solutions regarding PRIMNM management that may be included in a comprehensive Monument Management Plan that’s under development. 

There are nine Community Group seats to be filled. Candidates will be selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the specific seat (see the experience requirements and expectations for the various seats below) for which they are applying; if selected, they will be asked to serve a term of three years. 

Please download the application, complete it, and forward it to the point of contact provided. Applications are due by Friday, October 19, 2018.

Members will be required to participate in no more than two in-person meetings per year (lasting 1-2 days) in Honolulu, HI, as well as occasional calls or webinars (no more than 4 per year) and up to weekly e-mail communications or readings.

Available Community Group Seats 

Citizen-at-large

Familiarity with communities or organizations associated with the Monument; experience and/or knowledge regarding marine or management and resources protection issues in the Monument or the Pacific; experience and/or knowledge regarding public uses and activities in the Monument; and freedom to express views and cast votes without consideration of any expectations held by an employer or other organization with which the member is affiliated. Community representatives should be willing and able to meet with constituents to discuss Monument issues and ideas and be able to report these back to the council as a whole.

Youth

A youth/student seat represents the youth segment of the community, defined as ages 18-25. A youth/student member may be selected for a term of two years, and may compete for a second term unless the individual will exceed the age limit during the additional term.

Outreach and Education

Affiliation with educational institutions or organizations in the PRIMNM region; ability to effectively communicate with multiple institutions and educators; direct experience with marine education programs; experience, ability, and availability to conduct educational outreach consistent with the goals of the Monument and the mission of the stakeholder group; and commitment and availability of time to chair the education subcommittee.

Alumni

Personal experience living in and/or working within the boundaries of the PRIMNM.

Conservation

Familiarity with marine conservation issues and management approaches affecting marine national monuments; experience working with or representing conservation or environmental organizations, especially those involved with marine conservation; ability to communicate effectively with the broader conservation community in the Pacific region; and commitment and availability of time to chair a Conservation Committee.

Commercial Fishing

Knowledge of commercial fishing and commercial fishing industry activities associated with the Pacific Remote Islands region; non-agency affiliation yet familiar with fisheries policies and fishing practices affecting marine national monuments; and ability and willingness to communicate with key stakeholders associated with fishing industries.

Recreation (non-commercial boaters)

Familiarity and affiliation with the recreation interests associated with the PRIMNM; understanding of the links between recreation, Monument resources, and human activities; and the ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the ocean recreation community.

Cultural Connections

Knowledge and understanding of cultural practices and culture related to ocean use and conservation; affiliation within indigenous institutions or organizations (desired but not required); ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the indigenous communities with connections to the Pacific Remote Islands to promote understanding of the Monument’s efforts to establish programs and activities that nurture cultural awareness for conservation of Marine National Monument resources.

Research  

Affiliation with scientific research institutions or organizations active in the PRIMNM region; ability to effectively communicate with multiple institutions and scientists; direct experience with marine research programs; experience, ability, and availability to conduct outreach within the research community consistent with the goals of the Monument and the mission of the stakeholder group; and commitment and availability of time to chair the Research Committee.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on September 28, 2018