Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Red Fish at Papahānaumokuākea.jpg
LocationHawaii / Midway Atoll, United States Minor Outlying Islands
Nearest cityHonolulu, Hawaii, USA
Area140,000 square miles (360,000 km2)
EstablishedJune 15, 2006
Governing bodyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources
TypeMixed
Criteriaiii, vi, viii, ix, x
Designated2010
Reference no.1326
State Party United States
RegionEurope 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "World Heritage Committee inscribes two new sites on World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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