Expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument:
Honoring Cultural and Biological Legacies
The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument was originally established in 2009 by President George W. Bush, and was expanded in 2014 by President Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act. Our coalition is requesting that President Joseph Biden expand the monument boundaries around Howland and Baker Islands, Palmyra Atoll, and Kingman Reef to 200 nautical miles, from the current 50 nautical miles of protection, making PRIMNM the largest highly protected marine protected area in the world.
Learn more about PRI and why it’s worth protecting.
Please consider using your voice to urge President Joseph Biden to protect this precious part of the Pacific.
By supporting this effort, you will help to preserve wildlife and cultural practice for generations to come.
2009: PRI established by President George W. Bush
2014: President Barack Obama extends protection to the full EEZ around Wake Island, Jarvis Island, and Johnston Atoll
2022 Proposed Expansion:
- Adds ~685,000 sq km (5.6% of US EEZ Total)
- Creates largest highly protected Marine Protected Area in the world
- Puts the U.S. at ~31% of total EEZ in highly/fully protected areas
May 30, 2022
PRI Coalition sends proposal to administration.