07 • 01 • 2017

Protect New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument!

The five New England chapters are working closely with our Northeast Regional Manager to support the protection of the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which is under review by the federal administration.


Our nation is in crisis:
➜More than 100,000 people around the country have died from a virus that is still not contained
➜More than 40 million people are unemployed, with many still waiting for economic assistance
➜Systemic racism in America is being called out and allies are rising up with those on the frontlines to demand racial justice

And yet today, in the middle of this multidimensional crisis burning in our hearts and in our streets, our President announced against the wishes of 95% of Americans and a majority of reputable ocean scientists that he will roll back and undermine protections on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in New England.

Scientists have documented that providing sanctuary for animals to shelter, feed, and breed helps them withstand other stresses and recover more rapidly after disturbances.

Marine national monuments retain the integrity of vibrant, high-functioning ecosystems and keep them intact. Protections on marine monuments help everyone who loves the ocean—from whales to whale watchers and beyond.

Help save the seamounts by joining Surfrider in signing this National Ocean Protection Coalition petition today to lend your voice.


An attack on our national monuments is an attack on all of America's public lands and coasts.

President Trump is taking the unpopular step of reviewing past national monument designations.

Lovers of natural beauty know that designations of natural resource protection advance the #MonumentsForAll approach we hold dear in America, and allow us to afford protection in perpetuity so that future generations may have the opportunities of natural wonder we now enjoy.

Initially, Wednesday, July 26, was the deadline to make your voice heard by the Department of Commerce that you want national monuments to continue to be protected. However, the Commerce public comment period deadline was extended and now ends on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm. 

After a couple years and Secretary of the Department of Interior's later, on May 22, 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that, “U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments as recommended by his predecessor, but says it’s ultimately up to President Donald Trump.”

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