In the middle of the Central-Pacific Ocean is a marine reserve few people know about. It's called the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Originally created during the George W. Bush era, it is now an astounding six times larger.
Divers aboard the Oscar Elton Sette spent 33 days removing 57 tons of garbage from the marine conservation area.
The reserve mapped out by President Obama is approximately three times the size of California.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ascension Island viewed from the south.
Pristine waters and a clean, clear atmosphere protect many endemic species including corals, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, seabirds, water birds, land birds, insects, and vegetation not found elsewhere.
Corals off Ross Island.
Map of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. September 25, 2014.
The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument expansion is our country's way of preserving our oceans for future generations.