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Monday, June 19, 2006

New Special Places Protection

NW Hawaiian Islands Coral Reefs Get Special Protection

In the on-going effort to protect "Special Places" in our marine environment, the federal government has recently designated the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

Surfrider Foundation has been active in designating special places like this for several years. To get a quick overview of our position on Marine Protected Areas, please visit: http://www.surfrider.org/whatwedo2c.asp

On June 15, 2006, President Bush signed a proclamation that created the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. The monument will be managed by the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in close coordination with the State of Hawaii.

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve lies WNW of the larger and more familiar eight main Hawaiian Islands.

To learn more about this milestone in protecting one of the world's most precious examples of marine biodiversity, and to view a wonderful array of information, photos and graphic illustrations, visit: http://hawaiireef.noaa.gov/welcome.html


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