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The underwater monument is about 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod and is home to ancient deep-sea corals, endangered whales, and a wide variety of fish, seabirds, and other marine life.
This was the latest in a series of challenges from fishing industry groups trying to destroy the moment by opening it to commercial fishing.
Why This Matters: This court decision stops the monument from being abolished, but there’s still work to do. An executive order from President Trump allowed commercial fishing in the monument, undermining its ability to protect marine life. The Biden administration is reviewing that action and can reinstate proper protections. Beyond defending the marine monuments already in existence, we need more protected areas (MPAs) in the ocean. Creating MPAs is a triple investment in the future: they draw down carbon, keep whole ecosystems thriving, and help sustainably support fisheries
Corals in New England: Coral reefs might not come to mind when you think of New England, but the Canyons and Seamounts are home to more than 50 species of coral living around 4,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. These deep-sea corals grow slowly without sunlight — the ones in the monument are anywhere from hundreds to thousands of years old! Check out photos of the corals (and a bunch of other amazing wildlife like octopi and sea stars) from one of NOAA’s deep-sea dives into the canyons.
Pacific Marine National Monuments: Most of the U.S. waters protected as marine national monuments are in the Pacific Ocean, where there are four:
Rose Atoll —created by President Bush in 2009, this monument off of American Samoa, species that are dying in other parts of the world still thrive here, like giant clams and large parrotfishes.
Papahānaumokuākea — created by President Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Obama in 2016, it’s the single largest fully protected conservation area in the United States, and one of the largest marine protected areas in the world.
Marianas Trench — created by President Bush in 2009, it’s one of the deepest places on Earth. Located east of the Philippines, the monument protects very deep-sea formations, including the “Champagne vent,” which is one of the only places on earth that produces pure liquid carbon dioxide.
Hundreds of citizens will fan out across the nation’s capital next week to meet with lawmakers in what’s projected to be the largest ocean lobby effort in US history. On Tuesday and Wednesday, they will meet with Biden administration officials, federal agencies, and members of Congress for a nonpartisan Ocean Climate Action Hill Day.
Why It Matters: As the Biden administration and the Congress begin to debate what’s infrastructure and therefore within the American Jobs Plan, the blue economy needs to be front and center in it.
The Evergiven is no longer stuck in the Suez Canal, but world shipping is hardly back to normal. In just six days, the massive container ship held up almost $60 billion in global trade. Supply chains across the world are delayed and off schedule, and the incident has economists and maritime experts across the globe reevaluating the efficacy of the current shipping economy.
Why this Matters: The pandemic has rocketed demand for goods (and vaccines) to all-time highs, but bottlenecks at many major ports and slow shipping speed could slow the global economy just as it begins to recover from COVID-19.
This explosive new documentary film about the fragile state of the ocean is grabbing attention – it even made the British edition of Vogue Magazine. In the last week since its release, it has vaulted into the top ten most-streamed films on Netflix. It has also caused quite a stir — you can read more […]
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