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The highest peak of Cashes Ledge, Ammen Rock, rises to within 40 feet of the ocean surface and harbors the deepest and largest cold-water kelp forest on the Atlantic seaboard. Photo credit: Brian Skerry / New England Ocean Odyssey

  • The “deep-sea canyons are significant…but protecting Cashes Ledge has more practical value and should be the more urgent priority,” says the Bangor Daily News Editorial Board. The editorial details the ecological significance and beauty of Cashes Ledge and speaks to its scientific value, which the BDN Editorial Board says is the stronger argument for declaring Cashes Ledge as a Marine National Monument.
  • NOAA’s Town Hall meeting is advertised to focus on three canyons and four seamounts off the coast of New England. Brown University Professor of Biology Jon Witman said in the article, “We’re on the edge of a really historic decision. It’s a huge step in the right direction, but it’s not a big enough step.” The Providence Journal reiterates the importance of including Cashes Ledge in the Marine National Monument package. A spokeswoman from NOAA told the Journal that NOAA will be considering comments about protections for other areas, such Cashes Ledge.
  • In an article on Sunday, the Alternative Press describes the special characteristics of Cashes Ledge and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts and the need for permanent protection. AP quotes Peter Baker of The Pew Charitable Trusts, “These are some of the last places that haven’t been spoiled by fishing and human development. We’re hopeful this is the right time, for the right places, for the right reasons.” The article addresses some voices of opposition to the monument proposal, but Priscilla Brooks of Conservation Law Foundation reminds AP readers, “There are some places that need to be protected forever.”

The NOAA town hall meeting on the topic is tonight from 6 to 8 pm in at the Providence Marriott Downtown in Providence, RI.


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