Protecting the Pacific Marine Monuments

In 2009, President George W. Bush designated three marine monuments in the central Pacific – totaling over 193,000 square miles – to be protected. The three protected areas include the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (see map below).
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Today, Marine Conservation Institute, along with many environmental organizations, released their federal budget recommendations for fiscal year 2013. Working with many partners, Marine Conservation developed the recommendations for funding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute and many other marine conservation organizations argue that
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