President Creates National Monument In Hawaii - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

President Creates National Monument In Hawaii

(KHNL) - Fisherman Bill Strickland's been taking his boat up to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands for 35 years, but that's coming to an end.

"It's going to put us out of business," Strickland said. "I was fishing up there and I don't see the damage. No damage that we've done up there."

The marine environment is now a national monument covering nearly 140,000 square miles thanks to President Bush.

"To put this area in context, this national monument is more than 100 times larger than Yosemite National Park, larger than 46 of our 50 states, and more than seven times larger than all our national marine sanctuaries combined," Bush said. "This is a big deal."

Environmentalists and marine researchers applauded the President's move. The Northwest Hawaiian Islands are home to some 7,000 species, including the Hawaiian monk seal and green sea turtles.

The marine sanctuary will become off limits to fishing, even to the handful of boats with permits for the area.

"It's very beautiful, it's everything the paper says it is," Strickland said. "But we're not damaging the grounds up there."

From radio buoys to 38 miles of longline, Strickland recently spent $60,000 refitting his boat for longline fishing. He says he may not make much money, but he doesn't have much choice.

At 42 feet in length, his boat can't hold enough tuna to make longline fishing profitable.

"Probably take whatever I can get for the boat," Strickland said. "I want to do some kind of fishing. I don't know what, but i'll do something."

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

    Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:20:36 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:43:49 GMT
    (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP) Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.(Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP) Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.

    The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year's top athletes and moments in sports.

    More >>

    The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year's top athletes and moments in sports.

    More >>
  • Hawaii searches for safe spots for people to see lava

    Hawaii searches for safe spots for people to see lava

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-07-19 05:20:43 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:39 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:39:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File). FILE - This Sept. 8, 2014 file photo shows downtown Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Historic wooden buildings lining it...(AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File). FILE - This Sept. 8, 2014 file photo shows downtown Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Historic wooden buildings lining it...
    Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from Kilauea volcano.More >>
    Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from Kilauea volcano.More >>
  • Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

    Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:50 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:50:45 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:20 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:20:26 GMT
    (esa via AP). The satellite image, which was captured by Sentinel-2A on July 9, 2018, provided by European Space Agency esa on Tuesday, July 18, 2018 shows a huge iceberg perilously close to the village of Innaarsuit on the west coast of Greenland. If ...(esa via AP). The satellite image, which was captured by Sentinel-2A on July 9, 2018, provided by European Space Agency esa on Tuesday, July 18, 2018 shows a huge iceberg perilously close to the village of Innaarsuit on the west coast of Greenland. If ...
    An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big, it can be seen from space.More >>
    An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big, it can be seen from space.More >>
Powered by Frankly