President Obama made history last week, announcing the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument – the first in the U.S. Atlantic!
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The announcement came during the third annual Our Ocean Conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of State, where world leaders came together to announce commitments (in money or action) to help address the critical issues facing the ocean – and all of us who rely on it.
This is a historic moment for our ocean, which is facing enormous pressures from climate change, overfishing, and increasing industrialization. The monument in New England will permanently protect four seamounts and three undersea canyons from human threats, allowing centuries-old coral formations and rare marine species to thrive. Scientists believe large, fully-protected marine areas are also more resilient to negative impacts from climate change, which will be paramount in the coming years as we aim to address this problem on a global and local level.
Check out our Seamounts Species Spotlight series to learn more about some of the critters found in these areas. And take a moment to “Like” our Facebook page, where we – along with other regional and national organizations – will continue to share information and build support for the permanent protection of additional critical ocean areas.