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  • The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) comprise a marine national monument that is larger than 46 of our 50 states.

  • More than 50% of the fish biomass on NWHI coral reefs is made up of top level predators like sharks and jacks, compared to only 3% in the Main Hawaiian islands.

  • The NWHI are breeding grounds for 99% of the world's Laysan albatross and the 98% of the world's black-footed albatross.

  • More than 100 aircraft and vessels are known to have been lost in the NWHI.

  • In Hawaiian traditions the NWHI are considered a sacred place, where life springs and to which spirits return after death.

  • The NWHI are the primary home for the endangered monk seal, only about 1300 of which remain.

  • In the past ten years almost 600 tons of debris has been removed from the NWHI.

  • Early Polynesian voyagers were the first humans believed to arrive in the NWHI approximately 1000 years ago.

  • Nearly 70% of all U.S. coral reefs are found in the NWHI.

  • Across the globe, coral reefs are home to nearly 1 million species of fish, invertebrates and algae.

  • The marine national monument that protects the NWHI encompasses nearly 140,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean - an area larger than all U.S. national parks combined.

  • More than 7,000 species, including fish, birds, invertebrates, and marine mammals live in the NWHI – a quarter of them found nowhere else on earth.

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