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Commercial Fishing for HMS Prohibited in National Monument on November 14, 2016

Posted November 10, 2016

On September 15, 2016, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument was designated by President Obama for waters of the North Atlantic managed by the NOAA Fisheries’ (see Figure 1).  The Monument covers underwater seamounts (Bear, Mytilus, Physalia, and Retriever) and submerged canyons (Oceanographer, Gilbert, and Lydonia), including the water column above these features. According to the President’s Proclamation, the Monument is designed to provide protection for important ecological resources and marine species, including deep-sea corals; sperm, fin, and sei whales; Kemp’s ridley sea turtles; and deep-sea fish. Commercial fishing, for Highly Migratory Species, is prohibited within the Monument as of 60 days from the Monument proclamation, November 14, 2016.

You can find more information about the Monument on the White House Press Information page: https://goo.gl/TdjyXl and in the Federal Register: https://goo.gl/7pPsDM.

 

 

Canyons

Point

Latitude

Longitude

1

40° 7.32' N

68° 12.72' W

2

40° 31.62' N

68° 16.08' W

3

40° 36.00' N

67° 37.68' W

4

40° 12.42' N

67° 34.68' W

Seamounts

Point

Latitude

Longitude

1

38° 51.90' N

66° 55.86' W

2

39° 56.34' N

65° 56.58' W

3

40° 2.64' N

67° 43.32' W

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