Stand with our Lands

Stand with the Pacific Remote Islands

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In April, President Trump instructed the Department of Interior to review the Pacific Remote Islands’ national monument designation. On Aug 24th, according to a leaked copy of his report, Secretary Zinke recommended erasing protections: opening the ocean sanctuary to industrial-scale commercial fishing and leaving open the possibility of shrinking the monument.

 

Bureau of Land Management via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Location: Pacific Ocean
Established: January 6, 2009

These refuges are an important part of the most widespread collection of marine- and terrestrial-life protected areas on the planet under a single country’s jurisdiction. They sustain many endemic species including corals, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, seabirds, water birds, land birds, insects, and vegetation not found elsewhere.
Presidential Proclamation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

What are the Pacific Remote Islands known for?

"The Monument is an important part of the most widespread collection of marine- and terrestrial-life protected areas on the planet, sustaining many endemic species including corals, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, seabirds, water birds, land birds, insects, and vegetation not found elsewhere. . . The islands of Jarvis, Howland, and Baker were also the location of notable bravery and sacrifice by a small number of voluntary Hawaiian colonists, known as Hui Panalāʽau, who occupied the islands from 1935 to 1942 to help secure the U.S. territorial claim over the islands." (Proclamation)


Why are the Pacific Remote Islands Threatened?

  • Industrial fishing: Catching more fish than can be replaced puts both global food sources and the marine life itself at risk. National Geographic wrote “A study of catch data published in 2006 in the journal Science grimly predicted that if fishing rates continue apace, all the world's fisheries will have collapsed by the year 2048.” Marine monuments provide an critical place for fish populations to recover.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via public domain.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via public domain.


 
National Park Service via public domain.

National Park Service via public domain.

What can we do?

Pacific states’ U.S. Senators need to stand up and champion the protection of the Pacific Remote Islands.

Sign the petition asking them to stand up for Pacific Remote Islands, which belongs to all Americans.

 
 

 

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