Cape Environment Organization Expresses Concern for Monument Review

FILE – This undated file photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made during the Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013, shows corals on Mytilus Seamount off the coast of New England in the North Atlantic Ocean.  (NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research via AP, File)

DENNIS – The Association to Preserve Cape Cod is expressing concerns over the review of national monuments by the Department of the Interior, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine Monument.

President Obama established the monument last fall.

It covers over 4,000 square miles and is located about 150 miles from Cape Cod.

In a letter to the Secretary of the DOI the Association strongly voiced its opposition to any actions to reduce the size or revoke the designation of the monument.

The monument has been placed under review by the Trump Administration.

According to the association, scientific analysis shows that the underwater canyons and seamounts are among the most productive areas in the ocean and support a diversity of marine life.

“Protecting and carefully managing this rich habitat area has a direct correlation to the sustainability of our fisheries, which is an important component of the Cape Cod economy,” the letter stated.

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