Pew Urges Federal Policymakers to Maintain Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Comment letter explains why this rich ecological ocean area deserves protection

Pew Urges Federal Policymakers to Maintain Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

In April, President Donald Trump directed secretaries at the Departments of the Interior and Commerce to review 27 national monuments, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which was created in September 2016. On July 26, The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a comment letter to convey its strong support of this marine monument and encourage decision-makers to maintain the protections. 

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Why the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine Monument Deserves Continued Protection

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As you read this, the opportunity for Americans to voice their opinion on an extraordinarily biodiverse area of the Atlantic Ocean is closing. Aug. 15 is the final day to submit comments to the Department of Commerce on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which was established to safeguard an ecosystem teeming with sea life, including deep-sea corals that can take centuries to reach full size.

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