US considers creating national marine sanctuary off Hawaii

Hawaiian monk seals Hilina‘i (left) and Maka Kilo (right) are released back to the wild on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial, part of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Marine Mammal Center. (Michelle Barbieri NOAA_NOAA Permit #18786-03/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HONOLULU — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering additional protections for waters off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.