Applaud President Obama’s Creation of World’s Largest Protected Area

Hawaiian squirrelfish at French Frigate Shoals, Papahānaumokuākea - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Applaud President Obama’s decision to create the world’s largest protected natural area off the coast of Hawaii.

President Obama has created the world’s largest natural park off the coast of Hawaii. The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is now the largest protected natural area in the world and larger than all of America’s natural parks combined. At 582,578 square miles, it guarantees the protection of over 7,000 marine species and 14 million seabirds. Many of these species are found nowhere else in the world except in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.

The park was created in 2006 by President Bush. However, President Obama more than quadrupled its size in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial. In the area, commercial fishing is banned, protecting the very rare and endangered species like sea turtles and blue whales that call the Pacific Ocean home. Black corals, which at 4,000 years old are the oldest animals found on earth, will be preserved, as will other corals that make up some of the world’s healthiest coral reefs. Sacred cultural sites will also be preserved within the park area.

President Obama and conservationists hope that the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is only the first in a line of many “blue parks” that will help restore the ocean to its natural state, which will in turn protect a long chain of living species. Thank President Obama for once again taking significant and vital steps at preserving some of the nation’s most beautiful and endangered natural habitats.


Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your continued efforts at protecting and preserving America’s most beautiful, yet endangered, natural areas. Your most recent action, expanding Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, ensures that more than 7,000 marine species and 14 million seabirds will continue to thrive in their natural habitat and that centuries-old sacred sites will be preserved.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is now the world’s largest protected natural area. Should every American national park be combined, their total area still would not equal the grand scale of Papahānaumokuākea. This year, as our national parks celebrate their hundredth anniversary, I thank you for continuing to carry out their goals of preservation, protection, and education. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument will hopefully be the first of many “blue parks” that will help restore our ocean to its natural state and protect the millions of species that call it home.


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Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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