The Antiquities Act of 1906 obligates federal agencies that manage public lands to preserve for present and future generations the historic, scientific, commemorative, and cultural values of the archaeological and historic sites and structures on these lands. It also authorizes the President to protect landmarks, structures, and objects of historic or scientific interest by designating them as National Monuments. In 2006, Presidents began using the Antiquities Act to designate Marine National Monuments. Four of the five such monuments are located in the Western Pacific Region, encompass more than half of the U.S. EEZ waters surrounding Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories and remote islands, and prohibit U.S. commercial fishermen from operating in these U.S. waters.
- Council letter to William Douros, NOAA on E.O. 13795 Review (July 19, 2017)
Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996 and Review of National Marine Sanctuaries and marine national Monuments Designated or Expanded since April 28, 2007 – Comments from State and Territorial Governments
- Governor Moliga, AS letter to Secretary Zinke (July 07, 2017)
- Governor Torres, CNMI letter to Secretary Zinke (July 11, 2017)
- Governor Calvo, Guam letter to Secretary Zinke (July 05, 2017)
- Governor Ige, HI letter to Secretary Zinke and Secretary Ross (June 22, 2017)