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Conservationists applaud as President Bush creates three marine monuments

January 6th, 2009

President George W. Bush smiles after delivering his remarks on U.S. Ocean Action Plan Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The U.S. Ocean Action Plan established a coordinated ocean governance structure to enhance leadership and coordination among the Federal agencies with ocean-related responsibilities and activities. White House photo by Eric Draper
White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush smiles after delivering his remarks on U.S. Ocean Action Plan last September at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. President Bush has now protected more of the ocean than any other president.

Green Right Now reports

President George W. Bush today announced the establishment of three underwater monuments that will protect a vast area of the central Pacific Ocean that spans nine tropical coral islands and their surrounding waters.

The action was cheered by conservationists and environmental groups, including the Marine Conservation Biology Institute and Environmental Defense Fund, which each worked with the administration to establish the protections.

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