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Scary Threats to Our Marine Protected Areas

Since taking office, President Trump has launched a frightening assault on U.S. ocean conservation and governance. Previous administrations have pursued marine conservation as a bipartisan issue, with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama designating large protected areas in important biodiversity hotspots. Now, the Trump administration is threatening the future of our National … Continue reading Scary Threats to Our Marine Protected Areas

President Trump to Decide Fate of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries After Secretive Review

[Washington D.C.] — Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, and respected marine scientists question an unreleased Department of Commerce marine monuments and sanctuaries report sent to the White House today. In April, President Trump issued executive order 13795 instructing Secretary of Commerce Ross to conduct reviews … Continue reading President Trump to Decide Fate of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries After Secretive Review

Marine Conservation Institute Critical of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s Review of Marine National Monuments

[Seattle, WA] Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke today submitted undisclosed recommendations to the White House on the fate of two dozen land and marine monuments culminating a process begun in April when President Trump issued Executive Order 13792. The unprecedented review questioned the validity and need for 21 land monuments and 5 marine monuments created … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Critical of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s Review of Marine National Monuments

Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries

More than 99% of comments support the marine monuments & sanctuaries

[Washington, DC]  An analysis of public comments on the fate of U.S. marine monuments and sanctuaries found over 99% of Americans supporting one or all of those blue parks. Following a 45-day public comment period in which over 53,000 official comments were filed with the Department of Commerce concerning the creation or expansion of five … Continue reading Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries