The Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments were established ten years ago. These spectacular and remote marine ecosystems continue to inspire us to explore, learn, and share more about the diverse species and habitats that flourish in the Pacific Ocean.
NOAA Fisheries’ Pacific Islands region, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the governments of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and American Samoa, and our many partners have been busy since these Monuments were designated on January 6, 2009.
These are just a few of the many projects and activities implemented in the past decade to help us protect and learn about the marine ecosystems in these marine national monuments. We hope you will follow along during the next 10 years as we continue our research and stewardship activities.
Highlights & Accomplishments
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Campaign to Address Pacific Monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds
The NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 3-year exploration expedition to the Monuments and marine protected areas in the archipelagos of Hawaiʻi, the Marianas, Pacific Remote Islands, American Samoa, and Phoenix Islands. The project mapped more than 100,000 square kilometers of seafloor, collected hundreds of terabytes of data, and observed or discovered new seamounts and hundreds of new species—an invaluable accomplishment that will assist in characterizing these ecosystems.