President to Designate Largest Marine Monument in the World

The recently released National Climate Assessment confirms that climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise.

As part of this Year of Action, President Obama will sign a proclamation to designate the largest marine reserve in the world that is completely off limits to commercial resource extraction including commercial fishing.

The proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world, to six times its current size, resulting in 370,000 square nautical miles (490,000 square miles) of protected area around these tropical islands and atolls in the south-central Pacific Ocean.

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