Langevin Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Roll Back Marine National Monument Protections

Jun 5, 2020 Issues: Rhode Island

Warwick, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to roll back protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which was established by President Obama as the nation’s first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean:

“The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is a fragile national natural treasure that is home to beautiful sea life, including deep-sea corals that are especially vulnerable to habitat changes. We need to prioritize the protection of our delicate marine ecosystems while taking into account the vibrancy of our blue economy. No decision that impacts the conservation of our planet and risks irreplaceable natural resources can be made lightly. It must be driven by careful analysis of data and thorough consideration of the input of all stakeholders, particularly those in affected communities. None of these criteria are reflected in the President’s shortsighted decision, which represents his continued failure to lead strategic, regional ocean policy. I’m committed to working with leaders and advocates from across New England to balance important preservation efforts and the rich legacy of our fishing sector.”