From March 7 – 29, 2017, NOAA and partners will conduct an ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Howland and Baker Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.
The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument provides broad-scale protections to marine ecosystems within its boundaries.
When the marine reserve in the Phoenix Islands was first designated in 2008, nearly nothing was known about the status of deepwater biological communities in this area.
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on the planet, representing a no-take marine protected area of 405,755 square kilometers.
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