According to the Associated Press:
Conservation groups have been lobbying the White House to set aside 115,000 square miles of the Northern Mariana islands as a marine monument. The U.S. commonwealth _ located 1,400 miles south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean _ is known as the Grand Canyon of the ocean and includes 14 islands that are home to seabirds, endangered and threatened sea turtles and giant coconut crabs, the largest land-living crustacean in the world.This is amazing news! According to the story, the review, or what we have been calling the "assessment" is going to take between one to two months.
The process is about to officially begin!
According to Google, that paragraph appears on over 1000 news sites. What is that kind of exposure worth?
I feel proud knowing that people across the country are reading a small paragraph about our sea bird, turles, and coconut crabs. Hopefully that image of the "Grand Canyon of the Ocean" will burn into people's minds. MVA will have to do some follow up marketing, of course.