National monument in Hawaii becomes world's largest marine protected area
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, the monument is home to more than 7,000 marine species, including coral, fish, seals, turtles, whales, and several shipwrecks, and serves as the final resting place for more than 3,000 sailors and soldiers who served during World War II.
Today, President Obama expanded the monument by 442,781 square miles, bringing the total protected area to 582,578 square miles and making it the world's largest marine protected area. With this designation, this cultural, historical and ecologically significant marine protected area will be protected and preserved for future generations.