For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
May 17, 2008
Mrs. Bush's Remarks After a Coral Reefs and Conservation Boat Tour
Sharm El Maya Port
Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt
3:56 P.M. (Local)
MRS. BUSH: This has been a very interesting and really beautiful tour of this Ras Mohammed National Park. This is a national protected marine area in Egypt because of the fabulous coral reefs that are below.
I was with people who are scientists here -- NGOs that are working to -- with the government, to make sure all of this stays protected; members of USAID who also are partnering in this effort to let people be able to see these fabulous coral reefs, but at the same time protect the coral reefs forever.
And one of the things they're working on is ecotourism, bringing people here who come specifically to look at the coral reefs and look at the fish that we got to see when we were below, but also are very involved in the environment themselves have come with the idea of being able to protect what they're looking at.
So it was terrific. I hope you all got to see when you were down there a little bit with me how -- what fabulous sights we got and how unbelievable the fish were and what a beautiful world we have.
Thank you all.
END 3:58 P.M. (Local)