Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument,

582,578 sq mi (1,508,870 sq km), in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the NW Hawaiian Islands, c.270 mi (435 km) NW of Oahu; est. 2006 as Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, renamed 2007. The monument, one of the largest protected marine areas in the world, includes seamounts and submerged banks, Midway and other atolls, and numerous islands as well as a number of World War II shipwrecks. Its has extensive coral reefs and is home to more than 7,000 marine species, including federally protected green sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals and black coral and 22 bird species, among them the rare Laysan duck. Papahānaumokuākea was greatly enlarged (to more than four times its original size) in 2016. The area has cultural significance for the Native Hawaiian community and is a World Heritage Site.
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He later changed the name to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Proclamation No.
On a visit to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the president said, "I look forward to knowing that 20 years from now, 40 years from now, 100 years from now, this is a place where people can still come to and see what a place like this looks like when it's not overcrowded or destroyed by human populations."
** Discuss where the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are located, the formation of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology Research Partnership.
a presidential proclamation created the 139,000-square mile Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which which strictly limits human activity in the area.
Laysan is part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
Since the report data was collected additional marine areas came under protection, including US President Obama's recent expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawai'i, eight new protected sites in Malta and large marine parks in Chile and Palau.
This orange bamboo coral is another new species and new genus found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. It is between four and five feet tall, and was found 5,745 feet below the surface.