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President Barack Obama has proclaimed June 2015 as National Oceans Month! In his statement the President calls upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve and restore our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.  As an organization dedicated to securing strong, permanent protection for our oceans’ most important places, Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled with the…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, praises the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of State and the twelve other federal agencies that form the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud for releasing their final Action Plan for reducing the imports of…

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President Obama will sign a proclamation tomorrow to designate the largest marine reserve in the world.  His proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 83,000 square miles to 490,000 square miles.  To protect the whales, seabirds, sea turtles, fishes and corals in this region of the central and western Pacific Ocean, commercial fishing and…

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It isn’t often that you get to mention four previous Presidents—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—in the same breath as our current President, Barack Obama.  But each one—three Republicans and two Democrats—has recognized that one or more of the Pacific Remote islands (see map) and their waters were important enough to…

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Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas.  In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet.  However, since 1994, the fishing…

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I am very excited that President Barack Obama is rewriting ocean history today by designating the world’s largest strongly protected area in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Using his authority as President under the Antiquities Act he is proposing to dramatically expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles.…

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Secretary Kerry, in his welcoming remarks today at Our Oceans 2014, highlighted some very promising directions for the Obama administration.  Among other things, he said: “Let’s develop a plan that protects more marine habitats, and we will have an announcement regarding that. I believe President Obama will make such an announcement.” “Today, less than 2…

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