Jean-Michel Cousteau supports expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

September 8, 2016

President Obama created the largest marine protected area, quadrupling the original boundry of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, to now 200 miles around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The NWHI, an island chain extending 1200 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, was first designated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument in 2006 by President Bush, following a screening at the White House of Jean-Michel Cousteau's: Ocean Adventures PBS special: 'Voyage to Kure.' The Monument was re-named a year later to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument following consultation with native Hawaiians and today is recognized as the largest protected body of water on the planet.