Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

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President Obama recently 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 will now be safeguarded, an area greater than the size of Texas, California and Montana combined. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now responsible for administering or co-administering nearly 1 billion acres of lands and waters for wildlife, more than any other entity on the planet. Photo by: Pete Souza Official White House Photograph of Refuge Manager Robert Peyton and President Obama on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge September 1, 2016.