The news is out on the ARRL Website: KH7 and KH4 Kure and Midway DXCC Deleted.
But something to me smells fishy about these deletions.
President Bush proclaimed the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve in 2006. Laura Bush named it the Papahänaumokuäkea Marine National Monument early 2007.
Co-trustees in 2006 were the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the State of Hawai‘i. Today the co-trustee agencies are: the Commerce Department (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration); the Interior Department (Fish and Wildlife Service); the State of Hawai‘i Land and Natural Resources Department (DLNR) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).
Nothing has changed other than a couple more government agencies are now co-trustees as far as I can see (imagine that – more government). Nobody was dropped out of co-trustee, just added.
All maps I can find clearly show Kure and Midway were part of the Papahänaumokuäkea Marine National Monument all the way back to its first designation (proclamation) in 2006.
I see where President Obama expanded the boundaries in 2016, but that expansion included nothing but water away from the original chain of islands. It did not include Kure or Midway as they were already included in 2006.
The ARRL states, “Midway (KH4) had qualified for DXCC status by virtue of its being governed by a separate administration. Because it is now under the administration of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, however, it becomes a deleted entity.”
Well, my question is – Midway was under the administration of the co-trustees of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument since 2006 (see above), and it is still administered by the same co-trustees. So why now, 11 years later is it being deleted? It doesn’t make sense to me.
Like I said, it smells fishy. Could it be an epic April Fool’s Joke? We’ll soon see…