WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is designating three areas of
the Pacific as national marine monuments -- in the biggest marine
conservation effort in history.
The areas total some 195,000 square miles.
They include the Mariana Trench and the waters and corals around
three uninhabited islands in the Northern Mariana Islands. The
other areas are in American Samoa and along the equator in the
They include the home of a giant land crab, and waters filled
with sharks and other predators. There's also a sunken island
surrounded by pink coral.
Bush used the announcement to defend his environmental record.
He says the steps he took today cap an "eight-year commitment to
strong environmental protection and conservation." He said he
knows that runs against "the conventional wisdom of many."