New measure to improve the health of our oceans.
Ocean health in the U.S.Federal laws and regulations have set us on a path toward curbing overfishing and rebuilding depleted ocean fish populations in U.S. waters. However, the collateral damage from years of unsustainable fishing practices on habitat and wildlife, coupled with emerging threats related to global climate change, demand new measures to improve the health of our oceans.
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced today the designation of the first marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean—the 4,913-square-mile (12,696-square-kilometer) Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The monument, which begins about 150 miles off the New England coastline, is an unusually diverse and productive environment. It contains three... Read More
The designation of the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is something to celebrate. As the latest addition to a movement to protect special ocean areas in U.S. waters and around the world, the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is located 150 miles from the bustling New England coastline, where more than 25 million Americans live. This important... Read More
First U.S. Atlantic Ocean Marine National Monument Is Safe Haven for Sharks, Whales, Corals, and Other Marine Life
President Barack Obama is expected today to establish the first U.S. marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting an ocean area that harbors whales, puffins, 1,000-year-old corals, undersea mountains, and chasms deeper than the Grand Canyon. Read More