Obama Announces Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Green sea turtle. Photo by Ryann Williams/NOAA President Barack Obama announced today he will expand the existing Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) by 442,781 square miles, bringing the total protected area of the expanded monument to 582,578 square miles, according to a PMNM news release. Today’s action creates the largest protected [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:24+00:00 August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Four New Limu Species Discovered in Hawai‘i’s Deep Waters 

A new species of deep see algae discovered at Kure Atoll. Courtesy of NOAA Scientists working with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced earlier this week the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae from Hawaiʻi. Marine algae, or limu, are very important in Hawaiian culture, used in foods, ceremonies and [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:45+00:00 February 6th, 2016|0 Comments

NWHI Expedition Finds Highest Rates of Unique Marine Species

Galapagos Shark on Deco Pioneer Bank. Photo NOAA Scientists returned last week from a 28-day research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai exploring the deep coral reefs within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. During the trip, scientists recorded numerous species of marine life never before seen, including a possible new [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:41:00+00:00 October 6th, 2015|0 Comments