Correction Re: NW Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve

Roger B Griffis Roger.B.Griffis at
Mon Dec 4 20:16:10 EST 2000

Coral List - Today's announcement and additional information on the new
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve is
available at the web sites listed below.  In addition, Jim Hendee's email
incorrectly stated the size of the Reserve as 3.5 million acres.  The Reserve
is approximately 84 million acres, of which approximately 4% or 3.3 million
acres is "coral reef habitats".  The NWHI Reserve is the largest protected
area established in U.S. history.  Other information on size of the NWHI
Coral Reef Reserve:

Approximate Area of the Reserve:
131,800 square statute miles
99,500 square nautical miles
341,360 sq. kilometers
84,365,000 acres
Approximately length of the Reserve:  1200 miles long
Approximate width of the Reserve: 100 miles wide.

Some comparisons -  The NWHI Reserve is:

- More area than Florida and Georgia combined
- Area about half the area of Texas
- About as long as distance from Seattle to Los Angeles
- As large as all of the U.S. National Park areas combined.
- 7 times the area of the 13 current National Marine Sanctuaries
- Almost as large as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park = 102,043 square
nautical miles (NWHI Reserve is 99,500 sq naut miles)
- 2nd largest marine protected area in the world
- Largest protected area in US history

For more information see:

White House announcement:

President Clinton's Speech on NWHI Coral Reef Reserve:

NOAA Web Site on NWHI Coral Reef Reserve
(fact sheets, call for public comment, etc)
Jim Hendee wrote:

> In a ceremony at the National Geographic Society's headquarters in
> Washington, DC, President William Jefferson Clinton today announced in an
> Executive Order the creation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral
> Reef Ecosystem Reserve, setting aside 3.5 million acres for preservation.
> This is the largest area of conservation in U.S. history and the second
> largest marine protected area on earth, second only to the Great Barrier
> Reef in Australia.  Approximately 70 percent of U.S. coral reefs are in
> the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
> More information will be announced by NOAA personnel later, but for now,
> please review this site for more information:
>         Cheers,
>         Jim

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