President Bush Takes Historic Action to Preserve Oceans

U.S. President George W. Bush has taken historic steps to protect and preserve the oceans. Invoking legal authority granted the Presidency by the little-known Antiquities Act of 1906, the Mr. Bush has proclaimed approximately 139,793 square miles of emergent and submerged lands and waters of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a National Monument, affording Federal protection to the species-rich marine environment.

The protected area, from which all commercial fishing will be ended within five years, is larger than Germany and about 2/3 the size of France.

The Presidential proclamation can be viewed here, and newspaper reporting on President Bush’s decision and reaction to it here.