Protecting New England’s Special Ocean Places

Help Permanently Protect
New England’s Special Ocean Places! 

President Obama is considering creating the Atlantic Ocean’s first-ever Marine National Monument off the coast of New England, which would help protect fragile and vulnerable ocean waters and hundreds of species of ocean wildlife from industrial fishing, mining and other threats. These areas include deep sea canyons, which plunge to depths greater than 7000 feet, and seamounts, which rise thousands of feet above the sea floor, and create unique habitats supporting tremendous biodiversity and fragile ecosystems that are home to corals, fish, marine mammals, turtles, and more.

Protecting our ocean planet is the foundation of all we do here at Mystic Aquarium and Senior Research Scientist Dr. Peter Auster has been at the forefront of this and related conservation initiatives focused on the design and role of marine protected areas. Our mission to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research echoes the purpose behind creating Marine National Monuments to safeguard delicate ocean ecosystems. Conservation drives our decisions and actions, while education and research propel us forward to our ultimate goal of helping future generations enjoy vibrant, healthy oceans.

How Can I Help?

Send a message voicing your support for this groundbreaking proposal and urge the President to protect New England’s ocean treasures forever.
Attend a NOAA sponsored Town Hall meeting
September 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Providence Marriott Downtown
Sessions/College/Canal Room
1 Orms Street, Providence, Rhode Island
Send comments by September 15, 2015

Use the sample email below to draft your own compelling message
Dear President Obama,

I urge you to permanently protect the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts region southeast of Cape Cod and Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine by establishing the Atlantic Ocean’s first-ever Marine National Monument off the coast of New England. These iconic ocean treasures are home to hundreds of species of rare and unique marine wildlife including cold water corals, endangered whales, and seabirds. They’re also jeopardized by pollution, industrial fishing, climate change and other threats. Please help protect these ocean waters and their marine life forever — and secure your environmental legacy — by establishing a Marine National Monument off the coast of New England.

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