Obama to lead world in marine conservation by creating World’s Largest Marine Protected Area on Friday

Obama to lead world in marine conservation by creating World’s Largest Marine Protected Area on Friday

World’s largest marine protected area will be created on Friday when President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. With the expansion, the size of the monument will increase by more than four times.

The decision to create the world’s largest marine protected area has been taken to protect coral reefs, deep sea marine habitats and ecological resources in the waters off the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. More than 7,000 marine species, including whales and sea turtles listed under the Endangered Species Act will be protected. In fact, the longest-living marine species in the world-black coral would also be protected.

Other benefits from the expansion include ocean resilience and a natural laboratory would be created that would help scientists to know the impact of climate change on these ecosystems. In the expansion area, commercial activities would not be allowed.

Also, non-commercial fishing, like recreational fishing and removal of fish and other resources for Native Hawaiian cultural practices would be allowed in the expansion area with a permit.

On Thursday, Obama would travel to Midway Atoll, located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, where he would share how important it is now become to protect public lands and waters owing to climate change.

Hawaii would get a greater management role as a trustee in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. For which, the departments will signs an agreement with Hawaii’s Department of Natural Resources and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

No administration till date has come up with such a decision to protect land and water. Therefore, it would not be wrong to state that Obama is leading the world in marine conservation.


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