Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
|Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument|
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Hawaiian squirrelfish at French Frigate Shoals, Papahānaumokuākea
|Location||Hawaii / Midway Atoll, United States Minor Outlying Islands|
|Nearest city||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|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|
|Criteria:||iii, vi, viii, ix, x|
|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.
Papahānaumokuākea supports 7,000 species. One quarter of the species are endemic.
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- "World Heritage Committee inscribes two new sites on World Heritage List". UNESCO. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/640. Retrieved 19 October 2013.