"Prior to yesterday, 6 percent of the U.S. ocean was highly protected," Rand told The Dodo earlier this week. "With today's announcement, the number is up to 15 percent."
It's not perfect, but the move is certainly good news for threatened ocean species. The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is home to a wealth of species, like oceanic whitetip sharks, manta rays, green sea turtles, bull sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna and humpback whales. For these species, more protection is a good thing.