Commerical fishing will be banned from more than 582,500 sq miles of the Pacific Ocean with U.S. President Barack Obama's expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii is about to be dramatically expanded. The area is home to a rich variety of birds, fish and other wildlife. The expansion will mean commercial fishing will be banned in nearly 600,000 sq miles of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaiian-born Obama is scheduled to visit the protected area on September 1st to draw attention to the threat of climate change to oceans. But THIS monument was first established 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush. Obama's plan to expand it will help protect more than 7,000 marine species, including a coral that is the world's oldest-known living organism. But some longline commercial fisherman are not happy with the plan. They say the area provides them with up to 13 percent of their annual catch of tuna, and they'll now have to travel much further for the same catch.