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Managers of America’s Largest Marine Reserve, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Rely on NOAA for Baseline Information

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have just published a detailed portrait of marine life and ecosystems in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) that will help to provide the baseline information called for in the reserve’s management plan, which was finalized in December of 2008.

A Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands examines the geographic distribution of the island chain’s marine life and habitats and the conditions that determine where they are found. Monument managers will use the report to monitor changes in the monument, identify resource management and research priorities, and develop a Natural Resources Science Plan for conducting future studies in the reserve.

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