Explore the Pacific Islands National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau
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Autographed by Jean-Michel Cousteau
Pacific Islands includes:
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale, Hawaii
Fagatele Bay, American Samoa
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
From the Southeast Preface:
The National Marine Sanctuary sites were designated in part because they were imperiled. Created more than 100 years after the national park system, these underwater treasures have been more difficult to explore and we have worked hard to learn their true value. By the time we did, we also discovered they were already at risk. Their very existence speaks to a reality that we now understand. It is clear they protect and promote the abundance and diversity of marine life essential to a healthy ocean. I am gratified that our leaders have seen the wisdom of placing a priority on protecting them now and for the future.
So it is ironic that this first book in the series on America’s Underwater Treasures is going to press at a perilous time. The largest oil spill in the history of the United States is ongoing, with oil still flowing from the Deepwater Horizon explosion into the Gulf of Mexico with inevitable, but unknown, impact on the Sanctuaries located there. A massive cleanup effort is in force with no end in sight.