The expansion more than quadruples the size of the original monument created by President Bush in 2006 to a whopping 582,578 square miles. How big is that? It’s more than twice the size of Texas. So it’s only appropriate the site has an equally large name: The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
“The expanded area, including the archipelago and its adjacent waters, is considered a sacred place for the Native Hawaiian community,” reads a statement from The White House “It plays a significant role in Native Hawaiian creation and settlement stories, and is used to practice important activities like traditional long-distance voyaging and wayfinding.”
The monument bans all commercial fishing and mining—a proposition that has drawn ire from those industries. As well, many legislators are questioning the impact the expansion will have on the livelihoods of the Hawaiian fishing industry.
“Closing 60 percent of Hawaii's waters to commercial fishing, when science is telling us that it will not lead to more productive local fisheries, makes no sense," Edwin Ebiusi Jr., chairman of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, told FoxNews. "Today is a sad day in the history of Hawaii's fisheries and a negative blow to our local food security."
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