Obama: At­lantic marine re­serve helps in fight­ing cli­mate change

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Cre­at­ing the At­lantic Ocean’s first marine na­tional mon­u­ment is a needed re­sponse to dan­ger­ous cli­mate change, oceanic dead zones and un­sus­tain­able fish­ing prac­tices, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said Thurs­day.

The new North­east Canyons and Seamounts Marine Na­tional Mon­u­ment con­sists of nearly 5,000 square miles of un­der­wa­ter canyons and moun­tains off the New Eng­land coast.

Mon­u­ment des­ig­na­tions come with re­stric­tions on cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties. The White House said the des­ig­na­tion will lead to a ban on com­mer­cial fish­ing, min­ing and drilling, though a seven-year ex­cep­tion will oc­cur for the lob­ster and red crab in­dus­tries. Oth­ers, such as whiting and squid har­vesters, have 60 days to tran­si­tion out. Recre­ational fish­ing will be al­lowed within the mon­u­ment.

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