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Friday, June 16, 2017

Join the fight to save our National Monuments

Mystic Aquarium asks you to help save new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument
Day of Action on Monday

Related imageMystic Aquarium joins other members of the National Ocean Protection Coalition to mark “Monumental Monday” with the goal of encouraging engagement during the public comment period of the Department of the Interior’s review of 26 National Monument designations. 

An Executive Order threatens to undo protections for many of our nation’s most cherished natural, cultural, and historic wonders-including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts.

On September 14, 2016, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the coast of New England was designated the first marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. 

Mystic Aquarium’s senior research scientist Dr. Peter Auster was instrumental in providing the scientific rationale for conservation of the area. 

The region represents a biodiversity hot-spot, and the best remaining undisturbed ecosystems in the north Atlantic, making them vital to scientific research, especially in the face of climate change. 


On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order that opens the door to eliminating or shrinking 26 parks and monuments that have been protected by previous presidents, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

The goal is to reach 1 million comments to the federal register portal ahead of the deadline of July 10.

“Mystic Aquarium is committed to ocean research and conservation and we know that many members of our community feel the same way, and are eager  to take action,” said Katie Cubina, Senior Vice President of Mission Programs at Mystic Aquarium. 

“We are asking our citizen scientists, our Youth Conservation Corp., our guests, friends, followers and fans, to tell the Department of the Interior why the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts are so important.”

Sixteen presidents have designated national monuments in bipartisan efforts to protect places throughout the country, on land and at sea.  The American public overwhelmingly supports the protections our national monuments provide to our lands and oceans.

No other president has ever attempted to revoke a predecessor's monument designation(s).

On campus, through e-communication and social media, Mystic Aquarium is providing encouragement to ocean stewards to share why protection of monuments, and particularly the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, is important.

Those interested in making their voices heard this monumental Monday or any day up to July 10 are invited to log on to https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001.

“Together, we can generate a tidal wave of comments to support marine national monuments,” added Cubina.  “We must protect the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, and all monuments in the ocean and on land from harm, so future generations of Americans can enjoy and benefit from them.”