Marine National Monuments & Sanctuaries


Originally, setting up this site, I wasn't sure how much material I would end up with on the marine monuments, so I just made one page for all of them. As I near the end of this first phase of this project, I realize that I have plenty of material available to justify each of these monuments having their own page.

For simplicity's sake, and a rapidly approaching deadline to meet my initial goals (one post for each of the 27), I am not running back to fix links in old posts, so I will keep this page up for now, redirecting visitors to the new pages.

Of course, there's also that link to the excellent National Geographic article at the bottom of the page. That justifies keeping this page even after all the links are fixed!

Marianas Trench

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts

Pacific Remote Islands

Papahānaumokuākea

Rose Atoll

I'll admit... Maybe I was not taking these monuments as seriously as the others. However, while working on those posts, I learned a lot about them and the issues involved with them. They are every bit as important as the "land" monuments, and in just as much danger as the monuments being threatened in the Continental U. S.


The February 2017 issue of National Geographic contained a great article on these monuments (see link below), and it was the first time I learned anything about them. The article provides a fantastic overview of all of the monuments below. It is a shame that only a few weeks after this article was published, these monuments were facing elimination.

National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Under Review Pursuant to EO 13795, Sec. 4(b)


Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

California

Expansion

May 24, 2007

9,600 acres


Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

California

Expansion

March 12, 2015

484,480 acres


Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

California

Expansion

March 12, 2015

1,288,320 acres


Marianas Trench Marine National Monument

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands/Pacific Ocean

Designation

January 6, 2009

60,938,240 acres


Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

California

Expansion

November 20, 2008

496,000 acres


National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

American Samoa

Expansion

July 26, 2012

8,691,840 acres


Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Atlantic Ocean

Designation

September 15, 2016

3,114,320 acres


Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Pacific Ocean

Designation; Expansion

January 6, 2009; September 25, 2014

55,608,320 acres


Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Hawaii

Expansion

August 26, 2016

283,379,840 acres


Rose Atoll Marine National Monument

American Samoa

Designation

January 6, 2009

8,608,640 acres

All of Rose Atoll Marine National Monument is contained within National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.


Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Michigan

Expansion

September 5, 2014

2,465,280 acres