Take a Virtual Tour of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Dr. Priscilla Brooks, director of ocean conservation for CLF, will give a free talk about the monument.
Seamounts Marine National Monument
The NOAA research ship the Ronald H. Brown. Photo by Tracy Sorgenfrei.

In our July issue, you can read about the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a federally protected area located 150 miles off the Rhode Island coast. The Monument, protected by President Obama just last year, is home to endangered whales, deep-sea coral communities, and a wide variety of fish and seabird species. As New England’s only protected marine area, this amazing place is scientifically and ecologically important, and as a Marine National Monument, it belongs to all of us. 

But maybe not for long. The site is one of twenty-seven national monuments now “under review” by the Trump administration. The Department of the Interior is accepting public feedback about what action they should take – but only through July 9. (You can learn more and weigh in here.)

Few of us will have the chance to visit this remote site in person, but the Conservation Law Foundation aims to provide the next-best thing — a “virtual tour.” Dr. Priscilla Brooks, director of ocean conservation for CLF, will give a free talk about the monument on Wednesday, June 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Save The Bay. Dr. Brooks will explain the site’s assets and talk about what needs to be done to ensure its continued protection.

The talk is free and open to all. Save The Bay Center, on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Bay, is at 100 Save The Bay Drive, in Providence, behind the Johnson and Wales campus. Register in advance online to be sure there will be a seat saved for you.

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