About the Monument

RoseAtoll coralblock

On January 6, 2009, President George W. Bush established Rose Atoll Marine National Monument under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906. The monument incorporates approximately 13,451 square miles within its boundaries, which extend 50 nautical miles from the mean low water line of Rose Atoll.

 Presidential Proclamation 8337, which established the monument, gave the Secretary of the Interior management responsibility for the monument, including Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce. It prohibits commercial fishing within the monument, but gives the Secretary of Commerce, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, primary responsibility for managing fishery-related activities. The proclamation further provides that the Secretary of Commerce initiate the process to add the marine areas of the monument to the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

On January 16, 2009, the Secretary of the Interior delegated his management responsibilities for the monument to the Fish and Wildlife Service through Secretary’s Order 3284. FWS is working with NOAA and the Government of American Samoa to carry out the requirements of the Presidential Proclamation and Secretary’s Order.