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Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

NOAA: ‘The Reefs Weren’t Damaged, They Were Just Gone’ Courtesy: Kailey Pascoe/NOAA

NOAA: ‘The Reefs Weren’t Damaged, They Were Just Gone’

Scientists return from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument after surveying the underwater aftermath of a major storm last year.

Microplastics From Kure Atoll Star In Flashy New Campaign Swaantje Güntzel Microplastics II, 2016 by Henriette Pogoda

Microplastics From Kure Atoll Star In Flashy New Campaign

Many common skin care products add to the bombardment of microplastics in the ocean. A new German campaign seeks legislative support to rid them from store shelves.

SLIDESHOW: 160,000 Pounds Of Marine Trash From Papahanaumokuakea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: 160,000 Pounds Of Marine Trash From Papahanaumokuakea

NOAA displayed tons of plastic and other debris collected in the remote Northwest Hawaii Islands, where the trash threatens wildlife and coral.

This Remote Hawaiian Island Just Vanished Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This Remote Hawaiian Island Just Vanished

Scientists are concerned about what will happen to the hundreds of endangered species that once called East Island home.

Black-Footed Albatross Chicks Take Refuge From Climate Change On Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Black-Footed Albatross Chicks Take Refuge From Climate Change On Oahu

The North Shore’s James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge now hosts 23 birds that faced threats in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

‘Devastation’ Discovered In Deep Sea From Industrial Fishing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Devastation’ Discovered In Deep Sea From Industrial Fishing

But without a $2 million donation, it may be the last expedition for the Hawaii-based research submarines and support vessel that conducted the study.

Should Papahanaumokuakea Be Open For Business? Courtesy: NOAA

Should Papahanaumokuakea Be Open For Business?

GOP lawmakers want restrictions lifted on fishing, mining and energy exploration — even though experts say there is no oil and gas there.

The State Of Coral In The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Courtesy: Stephen Matadobra/NOAA

The State Of Coral In The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

A scientific expedition that just wrapped up collected information expected to help understand how reefs are faring in the face of climate change.

Papahanaumokuakea Isn’t Targeted By Trump — At Least So Far Caleb McMahan/Hawaiian Fresh Seafood

Papahanaumokuakea Isn’t Targeted By Trump — At Least So Far

But two other marine monuments in the Pacific would shrink if Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal is approved.

How Wespac Is Twisting Words To Allow More Fishing Courtesy of Wespac

How Wespac Is Twisting Words To Allow More Fishing

Responding to a lawsuit and presidential proclamation, the Pacific fishery council is reconsidering what “non-commercial fishing” and “cultural fishing” should mean.

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments Courtesy: Kelvin Gorospe/NOAA

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments

UPDATED A marine sanctuary advisory group wants to block opening Papahanaumokuakea to energy exploration or mining.

Why The Fishing Industry Wants More Say On Papahanaumokuakea NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

Why The Fishing Industry Wants More Say On Papahanaumokuakea

As federal officials sift through public comments on national monuments, supporters of Hawaii commercial fishermen say they merit special consideration.

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