The Marianas Trench Marine National Monument

by Owen James

President Bush has just enacted the largest marine conservation effort in history – yes really. As glassbox-design says:

Some 195,274 square miles of Pacific Ocean have been designated National Marine Monuments. This is largely due to the hard work of the Friends of the Monument group that sought protection of this area near the Mariana Islands. As a monument, this area will be protected under the 1906 Antiquities Act which will allow our government to immediately stop commercial fishing and waste dumping.

For more on this rare piece of good news, read this proclamation by the President of the United States of America.

No doubt I’ll be told in the comments that the move paves the way for oil drilling, or something depressing like that.

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