“This is a big deal!”

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

“This is a big deal!”

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument Decision.

From George W. Bush’s “Remarks on the Establishment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument,” June 15, 2006.

“The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are a beautiful and special place. The 10 islands and atolls stretch over 1,400 miles. That’s the distance from Chicago to Miami. In the tropical waters surrounding the archipelago, there are more than 4,500 square miles of coral reef habitat thriving under the surface. Think about that—4,500 square miles of coral reef.

These undersea forests and mountain ranges comprise the largest remote reef system in the world. And this region holds the largest and healthiest untouched coral reef system in the United States. And we’re going to preserve it.

I think you’re beginning to get a feel for why I made the decision I made. The national monument we’re establishing today covers nearly 140,000 square miles. To put this area in context, this national monument is more than 100 times larger than Yosemite National Park, larger than 46 of our 50 States, and more than 7 times larger than all our national marine sanctuaries combined. This is a big deal.”

The name of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument (Proclamation No. 8031, 71 Fed. Reg. 36443, June 15, 2006) was changed to Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument via Proclamation No. 8112 (72 Fed. Reg. 10031, Feb. 28, 2007).

Map courtesy State of Hawaii, Division of Aquatic Resources. Additional information from the State of Hawaii can be found here.

Full text of the “Remarks on the Establishment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument” can be found here. Quoted material comes from page 1150 of this document.

 

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