Management Plan Review

What is Management Plan Review?

A sanctuary management plan is a site-specific planning and management document that describes the objectives, policies and activities for a sanctuary, and guides management actions. Management Plan Review, or MPR, is the process by which all national marine sanctuaries review and revise their sanctuary management plans. Since the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary management plan for was last revised, new threats and opportunities have emerged in the area of marine resource management.

NOAA, through the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), and the State, through the DLNR, are working together to update and propose changes to the Sanctuary Management Plan. DLNR and ONMS are also working together to put forward a joint environmental impact statement that meets the requirements of both the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Hawaii Environmental Protection Act (HEPA).


Our management plan review process began in 2010 to thoroughly re-examine management priorities. The process will result in a revised management plan for the sanctuary. The target for a draft revised management plan to be available for public comment is early 2014.

How does the public fit into this process?

The public has had and will continue to have numerous opportunities to comment on the Sanctuary’s Management Plan Review process.  Opportunities to date have included:

  • 90-day public scoping and comment period in 2010
  • Participation in the 2011 Working Group process.  Read more about MPR working groups here.
  • Sanctuary Advisory Council public meetings
  • Official public comment periods following the release of the draft and final management plan.
  • Community meetings, workshops, conversations, and talk story sessions with Sanctuary Advisory Council members and/or sanctuary staff and leadership.
  • 30-day public comment period from Jan 8 – Feb 7, 2013


Click here to view all Management Plan Review documents