Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument: Is No Place Sacred?
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is an extraordinary place.
Located off the coast of New England, these 4,913 square miles of pristine waters hold ancient subsea mountains and a spectacular array of marine wildlife. Endangered sperm and fin whales can be found in these waters. Imperiled Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles swim here too.1
Speak out to preserve this special place and and its awe-inspiring wildlife. Please sign our petition for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument right now.
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument at Risk
Unfortunately, the Trump administration is seeking to reduce protections against irresponsible exploitation and development at Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument.2
Commercial fishing could expand into the monument, threatening whales and sea turtles with potentially deadly fishing gear entanglements. These operations could also damage rare corals and one-of-a-kind geologic features in the monument.3
But the threat may extend beyond commercial fishing. Oil companies have long expressed interest in seeking oil and gas from the North Atlantic. The administration’s proposal for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument could well make their drilling dreams a reality.4
How You Can Help
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument hasn’t received as much attention as many of the other national monuments that the Trump administration has targeted, so we really need your signature.
Please add your name now and help protect vital habitat for endangered whales, sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
Whales, sea turtles and other imperiled species need undisturbed places like Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. People need these special places protected to better understand the history and wonder of our natural world and to honor our commitment to a greener future.
Together, we can protect this extraordinary place — and the sea turtles and other unique marine wildlife that rely on these waters for their survival. Please add your name now.
1. President Barack Obama White House Archive, “FACT SHEET: President Obama to Continue Global Leadership in Combating Climate Change and Protecting Our Ocean by Creating the First Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean,” Office of the Press Secretary, retrieved online February 8, 2018.
2. Avory Brookins, “Future Of Northeast Marine National Monument Protections Still Uncertain,” Rhode Island Public Radio, December 7, 2017.
3. Avory Brookins, “Future Of Northeast Marine National Monument Protections Still Uncertain,” Rhode Island Public Radio, December 7, 2017.
4. Michael Conathan and Avery Siciliano, “Big Oil Could Benefit Most from Review of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument,” Center for American Progress, July 25, 2017.