President Obama Creates First Marine National Monument off Atlantic Coast


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Designation follows years-long campaign by CLF and partners

September 15, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to President Obama announcing the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which will become the first Marine National Monument off the Atlantic Coast of the United States.

“Today, more than a century after Teddy Roosevelt began a legacy of protecting America’s special places, Barack Obama has taken the baton and carried it to new heights,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “From valleys deeper than the Grand Canyon, to peaks as high as Mount Washington, to the hundreds of diverse and endangered species that call this place home, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts is the embodiment of a treasure worthy of such permanent protection.”

CLF, along with more than 300,000 passionate advocates, marine scientists, faith leaders, seacoast businesses, members of the fishing community and other environmental partners, has spearheaded efforts in recent years to raise awareness about this ocean treasure and ensure a robust public process to secure its protection. More information on CLF’s campaign to protect the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts can be found here.

Campbell continued, “As we know, fully protected marine areas are six times more resilient to the harsh impacts of climate change and a vital tool in protecting the health of our ocean and our communities for future generations. Today the president opened a new door in the fight against climate change, and with the Gulf of Maine warming faster than 99% of the world’s ocean areas, we look forward to building on this progress with the protection of Cashes Ledge and other special places.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.

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