Marine National Monument Program

The Marine National Monument Program coordinates the development of management plans, scientific exploration and research programs within the Marine National Monuments in the Pacific Islands Region. Under NOAA's existing authorities and the Antiquities Act, the Marine National Monument Program works with federal and regional partners, as well as stakeholders, to conserve and protect the marine resources in these protected areas. The Marine National Monument Program implements the Presidential Proclamations that created the three new Pacific Marine National Monuments in January 2009, and also co-manages the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, created in 2006.

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The Marianas Trench Marine National Monument is comprised of 96,714 square miles (250,487 square kilometers) of submerged lands and waters. There are three units in this monument: the Islands Unit, Volcanic Unit and Trench Unit. This national monument encompasses a biologically diverse seamount and hydrothermal vent community including the largest active mud volcanoes on earth. click for more info

The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is comprised of 82,129 square miles (212,714 square kilometers) that consists of a group islands that lie collectively to the south and west of Hawaii. These islands are Wake Island, Howland and Baker Islands, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, the Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll. This area is home to a diverse population of land and sea creatures including corals, fish, cetaceans and seabirds. click for more info

The Rose Atoll Marine National Monument is comprised of 13,436 square miles (34,800 square kilometers) and located east-southeast of Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa. This area is a diverse reef that provides habitat for blacktip, whitetip and gray reef sharks, giant clams, Maori wrasse, and large parrotfish. One of the most striking features of Rose Atoll is the pink hue of fringing reef caused by the dominance of coralline algae. click for more info

The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag, and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses 139,797 square miles (362, 075 square kilometers) of the Pacific Ocean. The extensive coral reefs found in Papahanaumokuakea are home to over 7,000 marine species. Many of the islands and shallow water environments are important habitats for rare species such as the threatened green sea turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. click here to read Amendment to Proclamation 8031

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