Energy & EnvironmentFact CheckHawaii

Solomon: Too Many Whales for Feds to React This Way

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State Sen. Malama Solomon made her case for why humpback whales should be taken off the endangered species list.

·By Sophie Cocke

State Sen. Malama Solomon criticized the ongoing federal protection of humpback whales and said they should be removed from the endangered species list during a public meeting on the Big Island last month. 

 The chair of the Senate Water and Land Committee said that the humpback whale population has increased markedly in recent decades, causing problems for boaters and others who have to avoid hitting them. She also suggested that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration needs to back off from trying to exert authority over state waters where the whales

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Solomon didn't get her facts straight, but do you think it's time to delist humpback whales?