NEWS JUST IN!!!
Action Network Victory
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 15:39:53 GMT
Action Network from Environmental Defense.
Thanks to your help, permanent protection of Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve is official.
The Executive Order protecting 84 million acres of
ocean resources went into effect on January 18, 2001
-- the moment it was signed by President Clinton. There
were fears that President Bush would overturn the Executive
Order in his scrutiny of new regulations, but we learned
last week that he did not.
Many thanks to the nearly 12,000 of you who sent letters
to Hawaiian and federal officials. Your response was
crucial in securing comprehensive and permanent protection
for this fragile ecosystem. This was a major team effort
-- lead by Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) fishers,
cultural practitioners, environmentalists, and recreational
fishers, with scores of groups throughout the rest
of the U.S. and the world helping to fight for the
establishment of the largest protected area in the
United States. We can all celebrate this as a major
victory for the coral, the fish, monk seals, turtles,
birds -- and future generations. A well-balanced
NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Council has just been established
to carry out the mandate to protect this fragile area.
We will continue to monitor developments in the NWHI
and, as needed, may ask for your assistance to support
the Council in its work.
This was not an easy win and it's important for you
to know that your comments played a key role. Government
officials repeatedly cited the overwhelming public
support for this Reserve as pivotal in protecting this
fragile ecosystem. Your actions helped make the reserve
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