Are the Big NGO's Winning the Marine Monument Battle, But Losing the War
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Editor's View] by John Sackton - September 15, 2016
Coinciding with the opening of the Our Oceans conference in Washington, DC today, President Obama announced a new 5000 square mile marine monument on the southeast corner of George's Bank, encompassing three submarine canyons and some seamounts further off the continental shelf.
The map of the monument closely hews to the proposed map put out by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal in a letter to Obama in July. It follows a letter at the end of June from the six senators representing Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, along with a host of environmental NGOs.
The argument is simple: America has created a series of national parks on land. It should offer the same protections in the marine environment.
NGOs have been urging Obama...
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