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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve was created on December 4, 2000, by Executive Order 13178. The Executive Order was amended on January 18, 2001, by Executive Order 13196, completing the establishment of the Reserve. On June 15, 2006, President Bush signed a proclamation that created the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag, and the largest marine conservation area in the world. It encompasses 137,792 square miles of the Pacific Ocean - an area larger than all the country's national parks combined. The CRCP participates in and provides support for the activities of the Monument. Visit the Monument’s web site at: http://www.hawaiireef.noaa.gov.