Yee-haw, we have some new protected areas and they're BIG ones. The latest action comes from the Bush administration's last days, as they look for an ocean environmental legacy.
They're not perfect on oceans, but this is real ocean conservation action, and they deserve credit for what they've done. With this action, President Bush has protected more ocean area than any other person in history.
It's a historic day for ocean protection.
The protected areas include the Central Pacific islands and atolls known as the Line Islands, extending nearly 2,000 miles and including Johnston Atoll; Howard, Baker and Jarvis Islands; Kingman Reef; Wake Island; and Rose Atoll, and the marine waters around the Northern Marianas in the western Pacific, including the Mariana Trench, the deepest canyon in the world.
photo: Palmyra atoll
map: Washington Post