Protecting Ocean Ecosystems
Protect New England’s Ocean Treasures
On Wednesday, September 2 the New England Aquarium and the National Geographic Society are hosting an evening of scientific exploration celebrating two of New England’s oceans treasures: the Cashes Ledge Closed Area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.
National Geographic photographer and New England Aquarium Explorer-in-Residence Brian Skerry will present videos and images of Cashes Ledge and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts (including new footage from Dr. Sylvia Earle’s recent dive on Cashes Ledge). He will also lead a panel discussion with some of New England’s most prominent marine scientists.
Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts, 150 miles off Cape Cod, are two spectacular underwater places located off New England’s coast. These precious ecosystems provide refuge for hundreds of species, many of which are rare and unique, and they are critical to the vibrancy of our coastal communities.
But these treasures are under threat from climate change, industrial exploitation, and fishing. They deserve to be permanently protected from human threats – forever.
The event has already received an overwhelming public response since its announcement. If you are unable to join, stay tuned for other ways that you can speak up for permanent protection of these offshore ocean treasures!
You can read more about the event on the New England Aquarium’s website.