Hawaii just got the biggest reserve in the world: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

As the second term of Barak Obama’s tenure of President of the United States of America reaches its end, he has made sure that he will be remembered for his environmental work on his island of birth, Hawaii. Having grown up in the Pacific islands that make up Hawaii, Obama decided that the unique waters surrounding these islands which provide a home for the abundant diversity of animals was worth saving.

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Image: The highlighted zone in yellow provides an estimation of the Marine National Monument

It is named the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and yes that is a long name. It has already been listed as a World Heritage U.S National Monument and it covers a whopping 1,510,000 km2 . The image above shows the areas that are covered by this newly inaugurated marine reserve. As you can see it makes up a little more than 60% of the island (pictured bottom right of image) which will maintain their rights to continue to fish around their vicinity.

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