Please join Mystic Aquarium in taking action to defend the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument
In 2016, Mystic Aquarium and the Connecticut delegation were instrumental in the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only one of its kind, in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Today, on World Environment Day, we are stunned and dismayed to learn of the Administration’s announcement to roll back protections of the Northeast Monument by opening the region to commercial fishing.
We are incredibly proud of the role that we have been able to take in a collective effort to protect and highlight this important and vulnerable habitat right here in our own waters. Highly protected areas, like the Northeast Monument, are critical to combating the biodiversity and climate crisis that we are facing. Commercial fishing is one important use of the ocean, but it is not the only purpose. Even when consistent with fisheries management laws, commercial fishing affects ocean ecosystems, particularly highly vulnerable ones, such as those within monument areas. Furthermore, data suggests that there has been no negative economic impact to commercial fishing since the area has been closed.
The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. It is clear that our community sees the value of conserving our aquatic resources for scientific, recreational, and economic reasons. That plays out nationally as well. A recent poll found that nearly all Americans (92%) believe government regulations are necessary to protect the ocean. Specifically, 95% of Americans support establishing marine protected areas—areas off-limits for fishing and commercial use—to protect ocean wildlife and habitats.
While saddened by this latest development, Mystic Aquarium will not be deterred. We will continue to expand our ocean conservation work and inspire our community to join us in our efforts.
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