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PRESIDENT SETS ASIDE LARGEST MARINE CONSERVATION AREA ON EARTH
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument Encompasses Nearly 140,000 Square Miles

June 15, 2006

NOAA PHOTOS
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve

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White spotted hermit crab in a conch shell.
White spotted hermit crab in a conch shell.
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Mokumanamana is the second island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands chain and is roughly 460 miles from Honolulu.
Mokumanamana is the second island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands chain and is roughly 460 miles from Honolulu.
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White tip reef shark under a ledge in the reserve.
White tip reef shark under a ledge in the reserve. Sharks and other large fish are common on most reefs throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the few marine ecosystems remaining on the planet still dominated by apex predators.
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The guano coated peaks of Gardner Pinnacles can be seen from the nearby waters of the reserve.
The guano coated peaks of Gardner Pinnacles can be seen from the nearby waters of the reserve.
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Masked boobies discuss the day's events while resting on some marine debris.
Masked boobies discuss the day's events while resting on some marine debris.
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Great frigate bird
Great frigate bird
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Juvenile Red-footed Booby, some of the wildlife seen on the reserve.
Juvenile Red-footed Booby, some of the wildlife seen on the reserve.
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Acropora coral is found in abundance in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Acropora coral is found in abundance in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve

Maps of the Reserve

NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program

NOAA Is Committed to Preserving the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Media Contact:
Ben Sherman, NOAA Ocean Service, (301) 713-3066
(Photos courtesy of Andy Collins, NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve.)