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Urge the U.S. government to protect the Pacific Remote Islands

12,030 signed. Let’s get to 30K.
with Pacific Remote Islands Coalition (PRI Coalition)

Campaign Update: On Tuesday, March 21st, President Biden announced that the U.S. will consider increasing protections for the Pacific Remote Islands by advancing a new National Marine Sanctuary designation.

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 US 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 US 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, President Biden committed to support the process to designate PRI as a National Marine SanctuaryToday. 

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

2 hours ago
Barbara P

I am signing because this vital to countless species, including humans. Please protect this area. Let's be the leaders America was designed to be

8 hours ago
Dolores M

Our Oceans and animals need all the help they can get!

11 hours ago
Brad N

30% is a necessary goal.

13 hours ago
Lauren W

Healthy oceans and biodiversity are essential for the existencenof this planet and everything on it.

14 hours ago
Bill M

this is critical

15 hours ago
Richard B

This is important

16 hours ago
LeAnn B

the people of the earth need healthy oceans for our survival and the ocean life needs our support for their survival.

18 hours ago
Jennifer V

beautiful pristine nature needs protection from us humans.

18 hours ago
Evelyn W


19 hours ago
Joanie S

Protect our ocean!

20 hours ago
Emily Carey C

We need to do as much as we can to protect th planet.

21 hours ago
Frances G

We broke it; we own it.

21 hours ago
Cheryl W

It is the right thing to do!!!!

21 hours ago
Kaileen M

I am signing because corporate greed is real and we need to make sure our government protects the world against it!

21 hours ago
Claudia D

i care

22 hours ago
Emma M

I fully marine protections. The time for this is now.

22 hours ago
Susan S

i want to protect our oceans.

22 hours ago
Kim M

We MUST provide a safety zone in the Oceans. We are destroying every place we touch.

22 hours ago
Nicholas James S

Wild, healthy nature must be preserved somewhere. We can and must change our relationship to nature, must work to reverse or at least mitigate the damage humans have done to the environment, and we should start by preventing the damage happening in the first place.

23 hours ago
Christine R

We need these islands! For the Love of God, please do the right thing! Thank you!

23 hours ago
William G

I want to protect the world's oceans

23 hours ago
Judith S

I am very concerned that overfishing is driving many species to extinction.

1 day ago
Susan G

I want to help protect and resore our earth

1 day ago
Mary H

I favor the protection of more land snd water areas.

1 day ago
Phillip V

We need more national parks- especially aquatic ones.

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