Loss of Federal Protections May Imperil Pacific Reefs, Scientists Warn

Fisheries officials call the marine national monuments unnecessary, and their boundaries are said to be under review by the Trump administration.

HONOLULU — Terry Kerby has been piloting deep-sea submarines for four decades, but nothing prepared him for the devastation he observed recently on several underwater mountains called seamounts in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

“It was a biological desert,” he said. Where normally fish and crabs dart about forests of coral and sponges, “all we could can see was a parking lot full of nets and lines, with no life at all.”

The Trump administration is considering rolling back federal protections for 10 national monuments, including two in the central Pacific. The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument and the Rose Atoll National Marine Monument protect the waters around a handful of islands, most uninhabited, to the south of the Hawaiian Islands.

Here we go again. This administration is doing the exact opposite of what we need to help save our few remaining natural resources. So sad.

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