September 25, 2014

HIRONO APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXPANSION OF PACIFIC REMOTE ISLAND MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT

HONOLULU – Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement applauding President Barack Obama’s proclamation to significantly expand the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument. The expansion will create the largest marine reserve in the world. The President’s directive aims to protect close to 490,000 square miles from overfishing and other unsustainable practices.
 
“President Obama’s executive order to protect a greater expanse of the Pacific Remote Island Area illustrates his commitment to preserve our planet’s natural resources. Research has shown that when marine environments are protected, the overall health of the ecosystem is enhanced, including an increase in fish populations and improved health of coral reefs,” said Senator Hirono. “As we continue to understand the impact of human activity including climate change on oceans and natural resources, it is clear that we must work to mitigate impacts. Today’s proclamation by the President moves us toward responsible stewardship.”