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Six new areas have been added to the California Coastal National Monument from Santa Cruz County to Orange County. (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

Once-Hailed Marine National Monuments Now Under Attack

On his last day in office, former President George W. Bush designated the world’s largest protected marine area in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. He attributed his inspiration for what was called the “single-largest act of ocean conservation in history,” to a documentary series by Jean-Michel Cousteau and “a pretty good lecture about life” from marine biologist Sylvia Earle. Not to be outdone in his home state, former President Obama nearly quadrupled the size of the monument and created the Atlantic Ocean’s first Marine National Monuments.