Papahānaumokuākea Marine NM
The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the world largest conservation area in the world. It encompasses more than 582,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean - an area larger than all the country's national parks combined. The Service manages Papahānaumokuākea with our partners the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the State of Hawaii and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

More than 372 million acres of coral reefs, seamounts and undersea ridges will now be safeguarded, an area greater than the size of Texas, California and Montana combined. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now responsible for administering or co-administering nearly 1 billion acres of lands and waters for wildlife, more than any other entity on the planet.

The extensive coral reefs found in Papahānaumokuākea - truly the rainforests of the sea - are home to over 7,000 marine species, one quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Many of the islands and shallow water environments are important habitats for rare species such as the threatened green sea turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

Papahānaumokuākea is also of great cultural importance to Native Hawaiians with significant cultural sites found on the islands of Nihoa and Mokumanamana.

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created by Presidential proclamation on June 15, 2006 and expanded by Presidential proclamation on August 26, 2016.

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