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#MonumentMonday: Rose Atoll Marine National Monument

In April 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order that calls for a review of all national monuments created or expanded in the past two decades. This includes five important marine monuments.

Turtle Island strongly opposes the Executive Order.

Sign our petition today to help defend our marine monuments.

This week we are highlighting fourth of these five monuments to help people understand the value and importance of these national treasures.

Today we will focus on the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument.

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Located around the Rose Atoll in American Samoa, this marine national monument covers approximately 13,451 square miles in area.

The Rose Atoll Marine National Monument is the most important seabird colony in the region. Approximately 97 percent of the seabird population of American Samoa resides on Rose including 12 federally protected migratory seabirds.

Noddy chick - courtesy of USFWS

Noddy chick – courtesy of USFWS

The undersea area of the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument also protects some amazing resources including:

  • 140 species of coral
  • 270 species of fish
  • green sea turtles
Giant Clam - courtesy of USFWS James Maragos

Giant Clam – courtesy of USFWS James Maragos

To help defend this marine monument, please add your name to our online petition.

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