A staunch protector of the environment and supporter of progressive environmental legislation, President Obama continued to add to his legacy of conservation on Friday with a key announcement.
According to the White House, the President plans to quadruple the marine monument around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This will go into effect on Friday.
The White House claims that this “provides critical protections for more than 7,000 marine species.” The area is home to some of the longest living species in the world.
Sen. Brian Schatz, who proposed the bill, has called the move “one of the most important actions an American president has ever taken for the health of the oceans.”
“Expanding Papahānaumokuākea will replenish stocks of ‘ahi, promote biodiversity, fight climate change, and give a greater voice to Native Hawaiians in managing this resource,” Schatz said Friday in a statement. “This declaration sets us on a strong path forward for our irreplaceable environment and the generations to come.”