Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Show Your Support in Providence Next Tuesday

A red cod and cunner on Cashes Ledge. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/New England Ocean Odyssey.

Next week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is holding a town hall meeting to hear from the public about designating the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic.

The NOAA Town Hall Meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms St, Providence, RI, in the Sessions/College/Canal Room.

The Administration has indicated that it is collecting comments and considering designation for just three canyons (out of the five that need protection) and four seamounts. These are not our only New England Ocean Treasures! NOAA needs to hear why Cashes Ledge and the entire New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts deserve permanent protection as Marine National Monuments.

The Cashes Ledge area serves as a critical habitat for an astonishing array of ocean life, including the iconic Atlantic cod and endangered right whales. The New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts give rise to breathtaking coral communities, some more than 1,000 years old. These areas are under threat from human impacts, such as fishing, climate change, and industrial exploration. They deserve to be protected – forever.

If you will be in the area, we encourage you to attend the meeting to show your support. If not, please sign the petition asking President Obama to designate Marine National Monuments for the Cashes Ledge area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.


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