NOAA Fisheries to hold hearing Wednesday on Northeast Canyons designation

Published on
November 14, 2022
An example of the corals found in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts monument.

NOAA Fisheries will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday 16 November to take comments on its plan to take a commercial fishing ban within the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument area and incorporate that into Atlantic fishery management plans.

President Obama first declared the nearly 5,000-square-mile region off the coast of Cape Cod a national monument in September 2016, making the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts the first such monument in the Atlantic. The move was opposed by fishermen, who filed a lawsuit to prevent the sanctuary that was ultimately unsuccessful …

Photo courtesy of NOAA

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