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Expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument:

Honoring Cultural and Biological Legacies

The Pacific Remote Islands (PRI) contain some of the last wild and healthy ocean ecosystems in the world where sharks, rays, cetaceans, turtles, and seabirds thrive. Home to resilient coral reefs, threatened and endangered wildlife, and deep-sea species not found anywhere else on Earth, now is the time to protect this special place before it’s too late.

Photos: Palmyra-Atoll: Erik Oberg Island Conservation, Masked Booby Baker Island: USFWS Dana Schot

Proposed Expansion

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.

Protecting Ecological Diversity and Resilience

PRI contains some of the last wild and healthy ocean ecosystems in the world where whales, dolphins, turtles, and seabirds thrive. Protecting areas like PRI that are able to withstand the effects of climate change due to location and natural features may be our best chance to preserve intact ecosystems and the species that live there.

Coral reef at Barren Island
Photo credit Andrew S. Wright_USFWS

Preserving and Perpetuating Pacific History and Culture

The Pacific Remote Islands (PRI) hold a rich history stretching from ancient Polynesian voyaging, to whalers and traders in the 19th and early 20th centuries, to the colonization and research efforts of Hui Panalāʻau, to the Pacific theater of WWII, to the living cultural practices that persist in the present day.

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Economic and Ecological Balance

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can provide critical benefits to ecosystems, biodiversity, communities, fisheries and economies. Recent evidence shows monument designations for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument have not harmed, but likely benefited U.S. fisheries.

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