Pacific Regions Considered for Protections: Areas Known for Biodiversity Could Receive National Monument Status

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Rosalind S. Helderman


08/26/2008 - President Bush announced Monday that three isolated stretches of the Pacific Ocean are under consideration for national monument status, a designation that could provide vast new protections for the regions' fragile coral reefs, seabirds and ocean creatures.

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One area under consideration is the waters off the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, including the Mariana Trench, at 36,000 feet the deepest canyon in the world.

"It's like Yellowstone Park and the Grand Canyon rolled into one," said Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, an advocacy organization that has urged the designation.

Read the full article Pacific Regions Considered for Protections: Areas Known for Biodiversity Could Receive National Monument Status at the Washington Post's Web site.

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