Trump’s review of marine monuments and sanctuaries is now open for your comments

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 03:50:44 AM. Trump's review of marine monuments and sanctuaries is open for comments until July 26. The jury's out on whether they will influence his bid to reduce them in size.
Spinner dolphins in the lagoon at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. (Andy Collins/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) The Trump administration’s effort to weaken environmental protections continued Monday as the Commerce Department solicited public comment for a review that could lead to the reduction in size of 11 marine sanctuaries and monuments. Commerce quietly published a notice in the Federal Register as part of President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, an executive order signed in April. Among the monuments and sanctuaries designated and expanded in the past decade by former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush that could be reduced and opened to oil and gas exploration are the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off Hawaii, Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off American Samoa, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary off California and the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary off Michigan. Written comments must be submitted by July 26. They can also be sent electronically. Commercial fishing was banned from more than 582,500 square miles of the Pacific Ocean with former president Barack Obama’s expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. (NOAA) “The Secretary of Commerce will use the review to inform the preparation of a report” as called for by the executive order, the notice said. Four of the marine monuments and sanctuaries were designated...Read more
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