Reef Resolution Adopted by Maui County Council!
View the complete Resolution here: MNMRC Reef Resolution
On February 18th the Maui County Council made history as they unanimously voted to adopt MNMRC’s resolution to: “Acknowledge the Importance to Protect and Enhance the Reef Ecosystems of Maui County”. The resolution is a strong step forward in ensuring our reefs are viable for future generations.
After much hard work, revision, and collaboration with County Corporate Council, the resolution was brought before the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee (IEM) by Chair (and champion) Elle Cochran on February 2nd. Six County Council members serving on the IEM Committee received written and oral testimony from supporters of the Resolution. MNMRC Chair Robin Newbold, and Coral Reef Recovery Plan Coordinator Tegan Hammond, presented the Council with an update of MNMRC activities in 2014. Chair Cochran invited a panel of five MNMRC representatives to respond to questions from IEM Committee members. The thoughtful questions demonstrated concern for and interest in Maui’s reefs, and led to a unanimous vote by those present to support the Resolution. Panelists included (above): Ekolu Lindsey (Polanui Hiu CMMA), Darla White (DAR), Robin Newbold (MNMRC Chair), Dr. Bob Richmond (UH Kewalo Marine Lab), Tegan Hammond (MNMRC), and Rob Parsons (Mayor’s Office – not pictured).
On February 18, with the recommendation of the IEM Committee and more testimony in support, the Resolution was embraced and easily passed by the County Council.
Congratulations and mahalo to all for their efforts and enduring support. We look forward to a bright future for Maui Nui’s reefs!