I never thought I would say it, but this is a huge BUSH WIN!! And of course a win for the oceans, the Pew Environment Group and Angelo who have worked tirelessly on this for a long time. Congratulations are in order all around.
"President Bush will create three new marine national monuments in the
Pacific Ocean Tuesday, according to White House spokeswoman Dana
Perino, designated areas that will span 195,280 square miles and
protect some of the most ecologically-rich areas of the world’s oceans.
The decision to make the designations under the Antiquities Act,
coming just two weeks before Bush leaves office, means that he will
have protected more square miles of ocean than any person in history.
In 2006 Bush created the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in
the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, an area of 138,000 square miles.
Two of the areas encompass a region known as the Line Islands, a
relatively isolated and uninhabited string of islands in the central
Pacific. The third area, in the western Pacific, includes the waters
around a few islands in the northern Marianas chain and the Mariana
Trench, the deepest ocean canyon in the world.
"The president’s actions will prevent the destruction and extraction of
natural resources from these beautiful and biologically-diverse areas
without conflicting with our military’s activities and freedom of
navigation, which are vital to our national security," Perino said.
"And the public and future generations with benefit from science and
knowledge. The President has a strong eight-year record of ocean
conservation, and these new designated protected areas will comprise
the largest area of ocean set aside as marine protected areas in the
Say what you will about G.W. Bush, no other individual has protected more ocean in history – over 333,000 square miles of Pacific ocean. The long-term economic value of Mariana Trench Marine National Monument will be invaluable to the people of the Mariana Islands.- KAZ