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05 • 05 • 2021

Protect the Hudson Canyon Offshore of New York and New Jersey

Create a new National Marine Sanctuary for the Hudson Canyon

Help protect the ecologically diverse Hudson Canyon by designating it as a National Marine Sanctuary! The federal government is proposing to create a new Marine Sanctuary off the Mid-Atlantic and has opened an official comment period to gather public input. Please complete the action alert to make your voice heard!

The Hudson Canyon is one of the largest submarine canyons in the world at 250 miles long, with canyon walls reaching 3,500 feet high. It is home to over 100 marine species, including whales, sharks, sea turtles, and seabirds.The Canyon supports the local economy, providing habitat for fish and invertebrates that commercial and recreational fisheries depend on. It is important to recreational divers and the tourism industry. 

A Sanctuary designation will provide new resources to connect and engage diverse residents from the region’s historically underrepresented and under-resourced communities. It will provide more opportunities in STEM research and educational programming, as well as expand participation in conservation and management decision-making.     

National Marine Sanctuaries do not prohibit commercial or recreational fishing, but do prohibit oil, mineral, and gas exploration. A designation for Hudson Canyon would recognize and protect the Canyon’s ecological integrity for future generations of both the humans and marine species who rely upon it for a wide range of ecosystem services.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is leading the effort to nominate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary. The NYC Chapter is leading the way for Surfrider, commenting at public hearings, disseminating information about the Sanctuary process, writing an Op-Ed, and organizing a recreational/eco-tourism support letter.

Please take a few minutes and send a message to NOAA saying that you support designating the Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary! Please personalize your message. NOAA wants to hear your unique voice.

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