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2009-01-06 10:55:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush will make marine conservation history today when he announces strong new protections for a vast area of the central Pacific Ocean that includes nine distinct tropical coral islands and their surrounding waters, ranging from Wake Island in the west to Palmyra Atoll in the east. The three new protected areas will be called Marianas Marine National Monument, Pacific Remote Island National Monument, and Rose Atoll National...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

President Bush may be on the brink of doing something at odds with his record as one of the worst environmental stewards ever to inhabit the White House. He is considering setting aside three vast, remote corners of the Pacific Ocean for protection . In a memo last month, Bush directed his administration to develop a plan for creating sanctuaries in the waters around the Northern Mariana Islands, including the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest; Rose Atoll in American Samoa; and...

2006-06-14 22:00:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands -- remnants of extinct submerged volcanoes far from Waikiki -- will become a vast U.S. national monument and nature sanctuary, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The monument designation, the first by President George W. Bush, means more than 120,000 square miles of Pacific waters, pinnacles, reefs and atolls will get immediate protection, the official said in a statement. The protected area starts about 160...

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2005-08-16 06:54:20

HONOLULU -- An alien seaweed introduced here 31 years ago has spread rapidly throughout Hawaii and has even reached the remote, unspoiled Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which has scientists worried. Researchers on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's research ship Hiialakai were scheduled to leave Friday in the first major effort to gauge the spread of Hypnea musciformis. The study is part of a mission of the 10-day cruise through the protected waters to educate science...

2005-06-08 06:49:03

HONOLULU -- Marine scientists investigating the discovery of two sunken ships in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have found two new shipwrecks and a trail of coal that may lead to another wreck. Researchers on Tuesday said that they spotted a barge at French Frigate Shoals and the remains of a modern vessel lost at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in 1989. The find follows last year's discovery of what may be two British whaling ships that sank in 1822. Scientists also located a trail of coal on...


Latest Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Reference Libraries

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2007-02-14 07:10:27

The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) in the Family Phocidae is an endangered marine mammal that is native to the warm, clear waters of the Hawaiian Islands. It gets its common name from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that the Hawaiian monk seal lives a more solitary existence, in comparison with other seals that in places collect in large colonies. The Hawaiian monk seal comes from ancestors...

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2005-06-08 17:07:42

The Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) is a large seabird that ranges across the North Pacific. This small albatross is the second most common seabird in the Hawaiian Islands, with an estimated population of 2.5 million birds, and is currently expanding (or possibly re-expanding) its range to new islands. It is named for Laysan, one of its breeding colonies in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Description The Laysan Albatross is easy to identify. In the North Pacific it is...

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