CLF and Partners Fight to Protect New England’s Only Marine Monument

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March 29, 2017 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Earthjustice – along with the Center for Biological Diversity and Zack Klyver, Head Naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company – filed a motion to intervene today in a lawsuit brought by fishing industry representatives challenging President Obama’s designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

“At Conservation Law Foundation, we have worked for years with scientists and members of the public who support permanent protection of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts and other such special areas,” said Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel for the Conservation Law Foundation. “We need to intervene in this unfortunate litigation filed by fishermen – who use this area little, if at all – to ensure New Englanders’ and scientists’ views are properly before the court as it considers the industry’s claims.”

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