Stand with our Lands

Stand with Rose Atoll

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In April, President Trump instructed the Department of Interior to review Rose Atoll’s 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.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services via public domain

Location: American Somoa
Established: January 6, 2009

This small atoll, which includes the Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge with about 20 acres of land and 1,600 acres of lagoon, remains one of the most pristine atolls in the world.
Presidential Proclamation

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via public domain.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via public domain.

What is Rose Atoll Known for?

"The lands, submerged lands, waters, and marine environment around Rose Atoll support a dynamic reef ecosystem that is home to a very diverse assemblage of terrestrial and marine species, many of which are threatened or endangered.  One of the most striking features of Rose Atoll is the pink hue of fringing reef caused by the dominance of coralline algae, which is the primary reef-building species." (Proclamation)


Why is Rose Atoll 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 Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

Sign the petition asking them to stand up for Rose Atoll, which belongs to all Americans.

 
 

 

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