Thursday, September 15, 2016

Monument On The Beach

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to use:
The monument, which will be off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, will protect 4,913 square miles of marine ecosystems. The marine monument will include three underwater canyons that are deeper than the Grand Canyon and four undersea mountains that are home to several rare and endangered species. The area has yielded discoveries of new species of coral found nowhere else on the planet as well as rare fish and invertebrates.

The canyons also provide habitat for a variety of known creatures such as sea turtles and endangered sperm, fin and sei whales.

The White House noted that recent federal studies are projecting that ocean temperatures are rising three times faster than the global average because of climate change. "Additionally, the first of several assessments to analyze the impacts of climate change on fish stocks and fishing-dependent communities, found that warming oceans are threatening the majority of fish species in the region including salmon, lobster and scallops," it said.

White House senior officials said the effect on fishing communities, in particular crab and lobster fishermen, was raised with the communities ahead of the decision. They said the lobster and red crab fishermen will have seven years to adjust their fishing practices. In normal cases, a marine monument would be off limits immediately to commercial fishers.

Republican critics on Capitol Hill have criticized the president's prior decision in Hawaii for not taking into account the impact on local economies, tourism and fishing in making the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument announcement late last month.
It's a beautiful sea, too bad you can't use it...

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