The waters around the islands and atolls of the northwestern Hawaiian chain and the unique and abundant wildlife they support – will now receive broader protection thanks to the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: James Watt
Expansion of Marine National Monument in Pacific by President Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Area to be Co-Managed by Service
August 26, 2016
President Obama today announced the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to become the world’s largest protected area. More than 582,000 square miles of coral reefs, seamounts and undersea ridges and their wildlife will be safeguarded, an area greater than the size of Texas, California and Montana combined. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now manages nearly 1 billion acres of lands and waters for wildlife, the largest conservation estate on the planet.
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