A new Trump administration executive order threatens America’s heritage: our nation’s natural wonders at sea. Public comment is only open until July 10th – please make your voice heard to save our Marine National Monuments!
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Despite claims of economic hardship, the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea had no negative impact on the Hawai‘i–based longline industry. The facts actually show the opposite – catch and profits continue to rise as protections increase. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the largest contiguous fully protected conservation area under the U.S. flag, and its protection should continue.
This has also protected the marine economy. The Hawai‘i-based longline fishery has not suffered from the monument’s designation, but rather experienced record landings nearly every year for the last 30 years, including in 2015 after its expansion. The trend is expected to continue with 2016 and 2017 showing catch and profits continuing to increase.
The designation and expansion of the monument led to the protection of threatened species of sea turtles, seabirds, marine mammals, and sharks, the preservation of historic sites from WWII, and the opportunity to protect a place of cultural importance to the Hawaiian community – all fulfilling requirements for monuments created under the Antiquities Act. We must continue to protect this priceless and threatened area.
The designation of this monument generated broad support, including coastal businesses, recreational fishermen, members of the faith community, local elected officials and 300,000 members of the public. It should not be reduced or harmed.
While commercial fishing is restricted in the Islands Unit of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument to preserve its waters incredible biodiversity, there are allowances for small boat fishermen to enter the area and fish for cultural reasons. The monument contains assets of considerable cultural and scientific value, from traditional navigational routes to the greatest diversity of seamount and hydrothermal vent life yet discovered. This is an excellent example of how a national monument designation protects an irreplaceable natural and national resource. Its protection must continue.