The debate over the proposed expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument has so far focused mainly on potential impacts to Hawai`i’s longline fishery. But at last month’s meeting of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council, William Aila reminded the council, “It’s not only about fishing. It’s about sea bed mining, protecting maritime cultural resources of the Midway battle, Hawaiian cultural resources … the birds, fish, winds, cloud and rain.” Aila is one of the several native Hawaiians who earlier this year wrote President Barack Obama seeking greater protections for federal waters in the . . .
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