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Greenpeace Responds to Creation of First Marine Monument in the Atlantic

WASHINGTON - President Obama will designate the first marine monument in the Atlantic today, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The monument will protect a portion of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod from commercial fishing by 2023. The news will officially be announced at the Our Oceans conference in Washington, DC today.

In response to this news, Greenpeace Senior Oceans Campaigner Phil Kline said:

“We applaud President Obama’s designation of the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. This marine monument will protect critical deep sea habitat off the coast of Cape Cod. Our oceans are rapidly changing from the impacts of climate change, factory fishing, and other stressors. Fully protected marine areas increase the chances our ocean ecosystems can continue to function, enabling marine populations to recover and protecting biodiversity.

“President Obama’s action today continues to add to his already impressive ocean conservation achievements and leadership. He has led negotiations at the UN for high seas marine protected areas, proactively involved the U.S. in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing, and expanded the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument to become the largest fully protected marine area in the world, just to name a few.”

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