Petition

Urge the U.S. Government to Protect the Pacific Remote Islands

21,419 signatures. Let’s get to 30K

Secure marine protections and honor Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture.

The Pacific Remote Islands (PRI) contain some of the last wild and healthy ecosystems in the world’s ocean. PRI is home to resilient coral reefs, threatened and endangered wildlife, endemic species found nowhere else on Earth, and the waterways of ancient and modern Indigenous voyagers.

PRI is a complex and interconnected ecosystem that highlights the interdependence of pelagic, nearshore, and terrestrial species, including sharks, rays, whales, turtles, sea birds, and fish. In order to ensure the continued health of the land and nearshore areas that are already a part of PRI, we must secure the protections for this area and demonstrate this support across various communities. 

Only One has joined forces with the community-driven Pacific Remote Islands Coalition (PRI Coalition) to call on U.S. President Joseph Biden to expand and protect some of the last wild and healthy ecosystems in the world’s ocean. The expansion would also bring the U.S. to successfully protect 30% of their ocean before 2030.

Lauren M. Beauregard
Andrew S. Wright
Andrew S. Wright

Protect PRI's healthy ecosystem and defend the area from industrial fishing and deep sea mining

Protecting PRI would honor the memory and sacrifice of the members of Hui Panalaʻau, 130 mostly Native Hawaiian young men who were sent to Howland, Baker and Jarvis from 1935-1942 and enabled the U.S. to claim jurisdiction of this area.

Currently, Papahānaumokuākea serves as the only intact cultural voyaging seascape within the Hawaiian Islands. Expanding protection could likewise preserve PRI as a premier classroom for ancestral voyaging, preserving and promoting the culture and history of Pacific seafaring peoples.

Honor and secure the cultural and biological legacies of the Pacific Ocean through a sanctuary designation.

Kydd Pollock
Sheila Sarhangi
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Together we can protect our precious ocean and secure the way of life for Pacific Islander cultures. 

The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument was originally established in 2009 by President George W. Bush, and was expanded in 2014 by President Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act. The PRI coalition has been requesting that President Joseph Biden expand the monument boundaries around Howland and Baker Islands, Palmyra Atoll, and Kingman Reef to 200 nautical miles, from the current 50 nautical miles of protection, making PRIMNM the largest highly protected marine protected area in the world. On March 21st, 2023, President Biden committed to support the process to designate PRI as a National Marine Sanctuary. 

Join us in urging President Biden to swiftly advance the designation of a new National Marine Sanctuary to better protect nature & culture.

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Robert H

The environment i wish to bring my kids into should not be a totally different one than when we grew up.

19 hours ago
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Anna L

We have to protect oceans and end destructive, polluting fishing and mining practices

1 day ago
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Riley L

I am signing because I believe that a better future is possible, and we only need to work for it. I believe that this movement will get us one step cl…

2 days ago
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Hannah M

We have lost so much already to extracting. lets shelter the most bio diverse and vulnerable places.

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Diana A

We must defend Mother Earth for future generations. Best Regards Diana

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Eva L

sea life is so important. without the sea we would not have life. let’s protect it!

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David J

progress should not mean destruction of our planet

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Mai N

Everyone around the world feels the impact of ocean pollution.

4 days ago
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Paul G

There is nothing more exciting right now than the potential to address biodiversity and climate change by protecting our oceans. This is such a low-ha…

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Carin B

without the ovean, we have no life

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Kerry M

There are people on these Islands who need help

1 week ago
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Michael W

if we don't no one will

1 week ago
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Mark O

This is do important to save biodiversity

1 week ago
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Linda K

It is a shame that everything needs to be protected from something. Let's keep this area the way God intended.

3 weeks ago
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Anessa B

Industrial fishing and mining are so destructive. We need to stop destroying these places that are teeming with life. Humans have done enough to harm…

3 weeks ago
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cindy c

please protect these islands and the animals of these islands.

3 weeks ago
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Christine U

Now!

3 weeks ago
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Jillian G

these islands are important

4 weeks ago
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Siobhan R

These are precious oslands

1 month ago
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Ulrike M

I'm signing because the protection of marine life is vital for ALL life on earth and thus it's EVERYBODY's responisibility.

1 month ago
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Daniele A

Là aussi, ils ne doivent pas se sentir concernés, ce sera difficile mais pas impossible.

1 month ago
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Karen W

We are losing sea life at an unprecedented rate due to over fishing and pollution and lack of protections combined. Please help save our oceans which…

1 month ago
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Mary V

i care

1 month ago
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Fionnuala H

The Pacific remote islands need protection!!

1 month ago
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James L

it would be nice to help protect instead of destroying everything humans touch..

1 month ago
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