A Monumental Leap for Marine Conservation

By August 26, 2016News

© Neil Ever Osborne

President Obama has just quadrupled the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. At more than half a million square miles, this reserve is, “a highly pristine deep sea and open ocean ecosystem with unique biodiversity, [with resources] that constitute a sacred cultural, physical, and spiritual place for the Native Hawaiian community.”

Papahānaumokuākea is now the largest marine protected area on Earth. Over 7,000 species will find solace here, free from commercial fishing and mining, and, the hope is, more safeguarded from the effects of climate change.

Only about 2% of the world’s oceans are protected, a ways to go from the international goal of protecting 10 percent by 2020. This announcement is a wonderful step in the right direction. And these are the stories that need to be shared.

Read the announcement here.