25 Sep '14, 6pm

America’s newest national park is twice the size of Texas and underwater via @grist

America’s newest national park is twice the size of Texas and underwater via @grist

It’s official — that massively and unprecedentedly HUGE marine reserve Obama announced back in June is now a reality. The announcement came on Thursday morning that 470,000 square miles of ocean around a couple of remote Pacific islands will be formally set aside as a national marine monument — aptly named the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument. Though smaller than the nearly 800,000 square miles included in the original expansion plan, this is still six times larger than the 87,000 square mile reserve originally established by George W. Bush. Or, more evocatively, twice the size of Texas. Yeah, TEXAS. That means you could drive for two days and not come across any deep-sea mining or commercial fishing in these productive marine habitats — especially no more tuna fishing. Pacific bluefin tuna are struggling , thanks to their delicious, delicious flesh and a la...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/americas-newest-national-...

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