Ocean Conservationists Celebrate President Bush’s Decision to Create Three New Marine National Monuments in the Central Pacific Ocean
Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have worked cooperatively with the Bush administration for over two years to nominate, justify and develop scientific and public support for two of the three areas and eight of the nine sites protected: Wake, Howland, Baker, Palmyra, Kingman, Johnston, Jarvis and Rose Atoll. The Pew Charitable Trusts worked to secure protection for large, important ocean areas off the
“Today’s announcement marks an enormous step in conserving the biodiversity of our planet. These new marine monuments rank right up there with our nation’s greatest national parks,” said
“President Bush has laid the foundation for a national system of ocean reserves just as
“President Bush is giving the world a
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SOURCE Environmental Defense Fund