Nature Groups Want Role in Suit Challenging Obama's New England Marine Monument - NECN

Nature Groups Want Role in Suit Challenging Obama's New England Marine Monument

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    Nature Groups Want Role in Suit Challenging Obama's New England Marine Monument
    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. President Barack Obama made the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument the first national marine monument in the Atlantic.

    Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the ocean off of New England are asking to intervene in a lawsuit.

    They say the nearly 5,000-square-mile monument area has "extraordinary scientific and ecological importance," including its rare deep-sea corals and endangered whales.

    Obama created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in September using the Antiquities Act. The move was unpopular with commercial fishing groups because it restricts access to fishing areas, and some filed the lawsuit challenging its creation.

    Several groups filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in the case. They include the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Center for Biological Diversity and a Bar Harbor, Maine, naturalist.

    Obama Creates First Marine National Monument in Atlantic

    [NECN]Obama Creates First Marine National Monument in Atlantic
    President Barack Obama will establish on Thursday the first national marine monument in the Atlantic, a move that's designed to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016)

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