Obama: Oceans are key to climate-change protection
President Barack Obama said Thursday that creating the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument was a needed respons to dangerous climate changes, ocean dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices. 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. It's the 27th times that Obama has created or enlarged a national monument. "If we're going to leave our children with oceans like the ones that were left to us, then we're going to have to act and we're going to have to act boldly," Obama said at a State Department conference. More than 20 countries represented at the meeting were also announcing the creation of their own marine protected areas. Monument designations come with restrictions on certain activities.