Navigation Links
World's largest marine protected areas sign partnership agreement
Date:9/23/2009

NEW YORK Today two of the world's largest marine protected areas announced a historic alliance to enhance the management and protection of almost 300,000 square miles of marine habitat in the Pacific Ocean.

President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kee Ree Bass), signed an agreement with the United States that establishes a "sister site" relationship between the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area near the equator in the Republic of Kiribati. Managers of both sites will meet in November in French Polynesia to formalize the agreement.

Combined, the two sites encompass 25 percent of all marine protected areas on Earth. The partnership links the sites and is designed to enhance management knowledge and practices for these tropical and subtropical marine and terrestrial island ecosystems.

Eileen Sobeck, Department of the Interior deputy assistant secretary, signed the agreement on behalf of the United States. Elizabeth Moore, director of International Sanctuaries, represented NOAA at the signing.

"The United States is very pleased to engage in this marine conservation partnership with the Republic of Kiribati," said Sobeck. "In the face of challenges like climate change and increasing societal demands on ever scarcer marine resources challenges that transcend national boundaries and dwarf the ability of any single nation to address partnerships like this one are critical to the success of our efforts to preserve this natural heritage for future generations."

"This agreement represents both the culmination and the start of our work with our colleagues in Kiribati and collaboration between NOAA and our colleagues in the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to demonstrate the benefit of collaboration to protect these valuable resources," said Moore.

When it was established in 2006, Papahānaumokuākea was the largest marine protected area in the world, protecting natural, cultural and historic resources within an area of approximately 140,000 square miles (362,075 square kilometers). The monument's extensive coral reefs are home to over 7,000 marine species, one quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago.

In 2008, the Phoenix Island Protected Area was founded to protect the archipelago's terrestrial and marine resources, becoming the largest marine protected area in the world today at approximately 158,500 square miles (410,500 square kilometers). The coral reefs and bird populations of the islands are highly unique and virtually untouched by humans. The protected area also includes underwater seamounts and other deep-sea habitat.

"Our sites are part of a growing trend globally in ocean protection the establishment of large-scale marine protected areas," said `Aulani Wilhelm, NOAA's superintendent for Papahānaumokuākea. "By partnering, we hope to collaborate on innovative initiatives highlighting not only the ecological connections we share, but also Pacific heritage and cultural connections we have as island people across Oceania."

Removed from most human activity, both areas serve as global "sentinel sites" by providing potential early warning and a comparative baseline of understanding of how natural, less disturbed systems react to changing climate conditions and external influences. Although geographically distant from their respective local population centers, both sites are supported by and rely on involvement of local and indigenous communities to develop successful management regimes.

"Our sites provide ocean insurance for the Pacific against the depletion of marine life that has accelerated across the globe," said Tukabu Teroroko, director of the Phoenix Island Protected Area. "Together we can more effectively address the complex challenges of managing such large ocean areas."

"Within these large seascapes we also have protected islands that provide habitat critical to the survival of both marine and terrestrial wildlife," said Susan White, Fish and Wildlife superintendent for Papahānaumokuākea. "This agreement will help us manage across the ecosystems by comparing and sharing our efforts with each other, as we face many of the same challenges."

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is a unique partnership between the government of Kiribati that owns the Phoenix Islands, non-governmental conservation organizations and regional governments. It is supported through a unique "reverse fishing license" financing program, in which the government of Kiribati is reimbursed for the amount that they would have made from selling fishing licenses. The government of Kiribati and an advisory board, working collaboratively to ensure the long-term sustainability of this remarkable place, administers the trust.

Papahānaumokuākea is cooperatively managed to ensure ecological integrity and achieve strong, long-term protection and perpetuation of Northwestern Hawaiian Island ecosystems, Native Hawaiian culture, and heritage resources for current and future generations. Three co-trustees the Department of Commerce, Department of the Interior, and State of Hawaii joined by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, protect this special place.

Both sites were nominated this year by their respective governments as World Heritage Sites, a designation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


'/>"/>

Contact: John Ewald
john.ewald@noaa.gov
301-713-3066
NOAA Headquarters
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Quantum weirdness, parallel worlds, dinosaur poop, and the ultimate fate of the universe...
2. The best both of worlds -- how to have sex and survive
3. Last chance for media to pre-register for Europes largest cancer congress: ECCO15-ESMO34
4. Largest ever Alzheimers genome study unveils dementia mysteries
5. Worlds largest ocean observatory takes shape
6. One of the Largest Wendys(R) Franchisees, Tar Heel Capital, Reduces Fraud and Slashes Costs with DigitalPersona
7. Scientists identify worlds largest leatherback turtle population
8. Disappearing act of worlds second largest fish explained
9. DOE makes largest Danforth Campus research award in history
10. Worlds largest snake discovered in fossilized rainforest
11. Largest prehistoric snake on record discovered in Colombia
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/15/2016)... and BADEN-BADEN, Germany , December 15, ... global financial services provider, today announced an agreement with NuData ... biometrics, to join forces. The partnership will enable clients to ... in compliance with local data protection regulation. ... In order to provide ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... ... has announced the addition of the "Global Military Biometrics Market 2016-2020" ... global military biometrics market to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% during ... on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report ... The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... HILLS, Mich. , Dec. 15, 2016  There ... unlocking car doors or starting the engine. Continental will ... in Las Vegas . Through the ... (Passive Start and Entry) and biometric elements, the international ... field of vehicle personalization and authentication. "The ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... 2017   Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) , ... Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) , today announced a $600,000 ... of Technology (NJIT) and Talem Technologies (Talem) as part ... to assist people living with Duchenne. PPMD is ... an embedded computer, software, a force sensor and a ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine ... Solofuse-P™. The operation took place on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Long Island ... anterior cervical discectomy and fusion on a 42 year old female who was ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... Announced in December ... Institutes (MII). U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the award of ... of Defense has announced the award of a new Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... 18, 2017 , ... Researchers from a new study are stating that if levels ... prostate cancer treatment, this indicates there is still remaining prostate cancer cells that are more ... PSA test has always been an indicator of whether a man’s prostate cancer is ...
Breaking Biology Technology: