Protecting America’s Most Pristine Coral Reefs
The eight U.S. island territories and possessions in the Central Pacific Ocean encompass an area of land and water three times larger than Texas. These are: Palmyra Atoll, Kingman Reef, Johnston Island, Jarvis Island, Howland Island, Baker Island, Wake Island, and Rose Atoll. Almost unimaginably remote – situated beyond the influence of urban centers and major shipping lanes – the Central Pacific Islands include some of the most pristine tropical islands and coral reef ecosystems in the world.
Recently, President Bush directed his Administration to consider protecting nine beautiful and pristine areas in US waters, including Rose Atoll, Wake Island, Johnston Island, Palmyra Island, Kingman Reef, Baker Island, Howland Island, and Jarvis Island. The issue is currently open for public comment. If you would like to see these ecologically diverse and pristine areas become fully protected marine reserves, contact The Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality at 722 Jackson Place, N.W., Washington D.C. 20503 or at Chairman@ceq.eop.gov.