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Ocean Advocates Call for Expansion of Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument

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Nick Yee
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A group called Expand Papah?naumoku?kea wants President Obama to do one more good deed for Hawai‘i before leaving office.  Last month they sent a request urging the president to support the expansion of the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument.  The request would extend the sanctuary to the full 200 nautical-mile limit of the Hawaiian Islands’ exclusive economic zone.

The area is home to some of the most unique marine life in the world.  Dr. Douglas McCauley is a professor of marine biology who works closely with the monument.

There’s been some opposition from long-line fishermen who say it will deny them fishing grounds. But other fisherman like Rick Gaffney support the expansion.

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More information can be found at Papah?naumoku?kea.gov 

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