February 23, 2012
On February 21, 2012, more than 200 guests, including Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans, and members of the Appropriations Committee in Washington, D.C., attended a blessing ceremony for NOAA’s new Marine Science and Storage Facility on Ford Island, located in Pearl Harbor.
The Ford Island facility will enable NOAA and scientific partners to conduct critical marine research and, when needed, provide a site to temporarily care for Hawaiian monk seals in need of emergency or short-term care, in addition to green sea turtles or other wildlife facing any number of special circumstances. The facility will also provide storage space for NOAA's extensive array of specialized equipment.
NOAA's Marine Science and Storage Facility is one part of the solution to the care of endangered Hawaiian monk seals, and will likely serve as a triage facility for the dedicated and species-specific hospital that The Marine Mammal Center will begin building this year. NOAA has long been committed to this species and the Center works in great partnership with the agency and many other partners.
The privately funded state-of-the-art Hawaiian monk seal hospital being built in Kona will be the primary location for monk seal rehabilitation and long-term care because of The Marine Mammal Center's substantial expertise in rehabilitating marine mammals. We look forward to breaking ground this year on the new facility and potentially taking in our first Hawaiian monk seal patients by end of this year!
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