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The world's largest marine reserve established at Hawaii

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 26, 2016 12:53 PM
President Obama has expanded the size of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to 582,578 square miles. This is more than twice the area of Texas, six times the size of the UK, making it the world's largest marine reserve.
The world's largest marine reserve established at Hawaii

A huge portion of Northwestern Hawaiia is now designated a marine protected area.

Using his Constitutional power to designate national monuments, President Obama has created the world's largest protected marine area at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument by more than quadrupling its size from 138,900 to 582,578 square miles (1,510,000 square kilometers).

The coral reefs at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, established by President Bush in 2006, is home to many Hawaiian endemics.  It is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site.

In 2015, Palau declared 193,000 square miles of marine protected area (MPA). If this is sign of upcoming global MPA upsmanship, we welcome it!  It's your turn, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef's MPA is only 133,300 square miles.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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