Proposed Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea

“The expansion zone being proposed right now includes the oldest animal––a black coral that is more than 4000 years old," said Dr. Doug McCauley, a marine biology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara who helped to author a new scientific report, Pu’uhonua: A Place of Sanctuary, which details the significant biological and cultural evidence for the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea.

Red pencil urchin at Papahānaumokuākea. Photo: James Watt via NOAA.

News Date: 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016