President Obama has declared the first fully protected area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean, designating 4,913 square miles off the New England coastline as a new marine national monument.
The President’s previous marine conservation declarations have focused on some of the most remote waters under U.S. jurisdiction, including last month’s expansion of a massive protected area in Hawaii. But the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is more accessible, lying 130 miles off the southeast coast of Cape Cod.
President Obama has now declared 553,000,000 acres of new national monuments, the most by any president. The previous high was George W. Bush’s 214, 800,000.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council will hold a public meeting Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. An opportunity for public comment will be provided at 3:45 p.m. ET. The meeting will be held in The National Press Club’s Bloomberg Room located on the 13th Floor of The National Press Building at 529 14th Street NW., Washington, DC 20045.
The Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council has been formed to provide advice and recommendations to NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries regarding the relationship of ONMS with the business community. Additional information on the council can be found at here.