Wespac to Investigate, Discipline Itself Over Green Sea Turtle Delisting Petition

posted in: Fisheries, Marine, September 2014 | 0

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has directed the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Wespac) to investigate the extent to which federal grant funds might have been misused by council staff members involved in preparing the pending petition to remove the Hawaiian green sea turtle from the federal list of threatened and endangered species.

In 2007, the Maunalua Hawaiian Civic Club introduced a proposal to delist the Hawaiian green sea turtle to the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Wespac executive director Kitty Simonds founded and is president of the Maunalua club and council staffers Charles Ka`ai`ai and Mark . . .

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