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New USPS stamps celebrate 50 years of protecting the country's marine habitats

USPS Marine Sanctuaries Forever stamps.
United States Postal Service
USPS Marine Sanctuaries Forever stamps: a pair of red-footed boobies in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (top left); a Hawaiian monk seal in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (far right, second row).

The U.S. Postal Service released a series of stamps featuring two local marine sanctuaries on Friday to honor the 50th anniversary of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System. The system covers over 620,000 square miles of ocean and Great Lakes waters for environmental protection.

The stamps include a pair of red-footed boobies photographed by Mark Sullivan in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. There is also a Hawaiian monk seal photographed in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary by Ed Lyman.

The Conversation talked to National Marine Sanctuary Site Director Kris Sarri about marking 50 years of the system that stretches from American Samoa to the Atlantic shores.

The National Marine Sanctuary stamps are being issued as first class mail forever stamps. Click here to order.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Aug. 5, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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