Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
On January 6, 2009, President George W. Bush established the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.President Obama has protected vital marine habitat in the Pacific Ocean by expanding the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The expanded Monument protects nearly 490,000 square miles 370,000 nautical square miles around the islands and atolls, which are also protected as national wildlife refuges.

The Monument is one of the last frontiers and havens for wildlife in the world and is home to one of the largest and most pristine collections of coral reef, seabird, and shorebird protected areas on the planet. Species such as sea turtles, marine mammals, and manta rays have large migration and foraging ranges that exist throughout the expanded Monument. Millions of seabirds of over 19 different species also forage in the waters of the expanded Monument and raise their young on the island and atoll refuges. Learn more:
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