January 26, 2000 – The Center, Greenpeace Foundation and the Turtle Island Restoration Network filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service for allowing the operation of a lobster fishery and bottom-fish fishery in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
June 1, 2011 – The Obama administration proposed to expand the seal’s habitat to 11,000 square miles, including beaches and coastal waters on all the main Hawaiian Islands and expanded protected habitat in the Northwestern Islands.
August 12, 2015 – The National Marine Fisheries Service released a draft plan for managing the recovery of Hawaiian monk sealson the state’s main islands and reaching the goal of increasing that population from 200 to 500.
August 18, 2015 – The Fisheries Service issued a final rule protecting almost 7,000 square miles of critical habitat for Hawaiian monk seals. The ruling requires greater scrutiny of federally funded or permitted projects along coastal areas on the main Hawaiian islands to protect this native monk seal, whose population was down to around 1,100 and falling at 3 percent per year.
August 26, 2015 – A new survey showed that more than 80 percent of Hawaii voters supported the new rules protecting nearly 7,000 square miles of coastal habitat forHawaiian monk seals, according to a new poll. Also, 93 percent said it was “very important” or “somewhat important” to keep monk seals from going extinct.
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