Bush to Make Pacific's Mariana Trench a National Monument

Publication: USA Today

Author: Dan Vergano

01/05/2009 - President Bush will establish the largest marine reserve ever created Tuesday when he designates three remote Pacific Ocean regions as national monuments, administration officials said.

The new Mariana Trench, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments will encompass 195,280 square miles of high seas barred from fishing, mining and other uses.

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"Taken together, this president has protected far more of the threatened and vital places in the sea than any other," says Joshua Reichert of the Pew Environmental Group, which advocates for conservation of ocean areas.

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