Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Red Fish at Papahānaumokuākea.jpg
Hawaiian squirrelfish at French Frigate Shoals, Papahānaumokuākea
Location Hawaii / Midway Atoll, United States Minor Outlying Islands
Nearest city Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Coordinates 25°42′00″N 171°44′00″W / 25.7°N 171.7333333°W / 25.7; -171.7333333Coordinates: 25°42′00″N 171°44′00″W / 25.7°N 171.7333333°W / 25.7; -171.7333333
Area 140,000 square miles (360,000 km2)
Established June 15, 2006
Governing body National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources
Type: Mixed
Criteria: iii, vi, viii, ix, x
Designated: 2010
Reference #: 1326
State Party:  United States
Region: Europe and North America

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a World Heritage site. It is often called Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. The site covers 140,000 square miles (360,000 km2) of ocean waters that includes ten islands and atolls. The size is larger than the country of Greece.

The area was made a national monument by U.S. President George W. Bush on June 15, 2006. It became a World Heritage site on July 30, 2010.[1]

Papahānaumokuākea supports 7,000 species. One quarter of the species are endemic.

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