Many of you will recall our interview
with National Geographic Fellow Enric Sala during Geography Awareness Week.
Today, we happily announce that Enric has played an influencing role in President Bush’s
decision to protect nearly 200,000 square miles in the western and central Pacific Ocean.
While this historic conservation act will restrict
commercial fishing as well as oil and gas exploration, these limits will only extend 50
miles off the coast of each island, instead of the full 200 entitled to the U.S.
Despite its debated shortcomings, we applaud this historic conservation act which recognizes the intrinsic value of Earth's natural resources. If you'd like to read more, visit NPR and the Washington Post for in-depth coverage and more from Enric. Make sure to let us know what you think of this act, which makes President Bush the leading marine conservationist in history!
~Bethany for My Wonderful World