ROCKLAND — Learn about Marine National Monuments on Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, in Rockland.
This presentation will feature the film Living Monuments, which showcases the country’s five remote Marine National Monuments: Rose Atoll, Papahanaumokuakea, Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, all in the Pacific Ocean; and Northeast Canyons and
Seamounts, the only one in the Atlantic Ocean.
“They’re some of the largest areas of protected lands and waters that exist, but they’re so far away from the continent, it’s hard for people to establish a connection with them,” said Alice Garrett, special assistant in the Pacific Region and project lead for USFWS, in a news release. “Most people will not ever be able to travel to them in their lifetimes, so we wanted to bring the virtual experience to the public.”
In addition to the film, Brian Benedict, superintendent for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, will provide an update on recent highlights on Rockland’s “nearby” Marine Monument and give an overview of the four live-streamed dives upcoming with the Okeanos Explorer Expedition in September.
For more information, call 594-0600, ext. 5.
Both photos: Scenes from Pacific Marine Monuments Photo credit: Tadem Stills & Motion Inc.