Protecting Remarkable Ocean Habitat Facing Mounting Threats

Cashes Ledge is a unique underwater mountain range located 80 miles off the coast of Cape Ann. This special place faces threats from fishing, industrial development, and climate change, and is in need of permanent protection.

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The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans. Now, more than ever, it needs a fully protected marine area, which scientists say are more resilient to the effects of climate change. Because of its noted scientific importance, Cashes Ledge should fill this role. Setting aside some areas with comprehensive protection is critical as New England begins to understand how to respond and rebound from climate change.

CLF has successfully worked to protect this fragile area from being re-opened to the most destructive fishing activities, but those protections are temporary.

In September 2016, President Obama designated the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the first in the U.S. Atlantic. CLF was proud to be part of the coalition that advocated for its establishment – and we’ll continue to work to ensure that Cashes Ledge receives the same level of permanent protection.

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