Thank you Mr. Obama our special President your legacy will never die!
According to BR During his final months in office, President Barack Obama is taking steps to widen the footprint of his conservation and environmental legacy. On Thursday, the president announced the establishment of the first U.S. Atlantic marine monument, establishing the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
The monument has been in the works for over a year, and will be situated 130 miles south of Cape Cod, on the south edge of George’s Bank. The protected area will encompass 4,913 square miles of ocean, approximately the size of the state of Connecticut, and will be safe from commercial development and fishing.
President Obama has been using his executive powers for good, and upping his game to leave a legacy based on a number of issues, including conservation and the environment. According to the New York Times, the president announced the designation of the new national monument at an ocean conservation meeting in D.C.
During the announcement, President Obama said:
‘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.’
The area of ocean for the new monument is home to several endangered species, including whales and turtles. It also houses deep-sea coral and a few species of fish that can only be found in that region.
The president added:
‘Dangerous changes in our climate caused mainly by human activity; dead zones in our ocean caused mainly by pollution that we create here on land; unsustainable fishing practices; unprotected marine areas in which rare species and entire ecosystems are at risk — all those things are happening now.’
The creation of the protected national monument calls for an immediate halt to any oil and gas exploration or drilling. Commercial fishermen will be given 60 days to move their operations outside of the designated boundary. Lobster and red crab fishing, an important part of New England’s small business economy, will be allowed for another seven years.
The White House has released a fact sheet outlining programs from that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help New England fisherman having trouble due to overfishing and falling stock, including loan programs to repair equipment and federal grants for ideas to avoid endangered sea life.
According to CNN, Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, released a statement about the new ocean monument:
‘Teddy Roosevelt had the foresight to protect the treasures of America’s landscape. With that same boldness, President Obama is conserving the crown jewels of our nation’s seascape.’
This declaration follows shortly after the president traveled to Hawaii and expanded a Pacific Ocean monument, making it the largest marine protection area. He discussed the earlier trip during his announcement of the Atlantic monument on Thursday, saying:
‘It reminded us that nature’s actually resilient, if we take care to just stop actively destroying it.’