New England is home to the only marine monument in the Atlantic, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The Trump administration opened the monument to commercial fishing, an illegal move that would harm our fishing communities and our ocean.

CLF in Action

We sued the Trump administration over its illegal action, and we’re urging the Biden administration to restore the monument’s original protections. Our national monuments, whether on lands or in the ocean, are permanent. We’re using the law to protect the monument, the health of our ocean, and the Antiquities Act, one of America’s most important conservation tools that was used to create the marine national monument.

Even before the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument was established in 2016, CLF has advocated for protecting special places in our ocean. We campaigned for the creation of a marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean, and now, we’re fighting to keep it safe.