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Obama's Environmentalist Agenda Threatens New England's Fishing Industry

- September 15, 2016

WITH THE STROKE OF A PEN, OBAMA HAS UNILATERALLY LOCKED UP NEW ENGLAND FISHING WATERS

Today, Obama Created The Atlantic Ocean's First U.S. Marine Monument Off The New England Coast "As He Races To Use His Executive Power" To Restrict "Vast Stretches Of Land And Water Before He Leaves Office." "President Obama on Thursday created the Atlantic Ocean's first United States marine monument, preserving an expanse of sea canyons and underwater mountains off the New England coast as he races to use his executive power to protect vast stretches of land and water before he leaves office." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean's First Marine Monument," The New York Times , 9/15/16)

The New Marine Monument Is "Roughly The Size Of Connecticut" And Sits Only 130 Miles Off The Coast Of Cape Cod. "Mr. Obama announced the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument at an ocean conservation meeting in Washington, shortly after issuing a proclamation protecting an area roughly the size of Connecticut that sits 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean's First Marine Monument," The New York Times , 9/15/16)

"The Move Will Immediately Bar Oil And Gas Exploration And Drilling As Well As Most Commercial Fishing Within The Monument's Boundaries." "The move will immediately bar oil and gas exploration and drilling as well as most commercial fishing within the monument's boundaries, giving fishermen 60 days to cease their operations there. But in a nod to local industry concerns, the preserve is smaller than one proposed last month by Connecticut's congressional delegation. And Mr. Obama will allow lobster and red crab fisheries to continue operating there for seven years." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean's First Marine Monument," The New York Times , 9/15/16)

Atlantic Fisherman Requested "Transparency And A Robust Opportunity For Public Input" Prior To Creating The Marine Monument

In A May 9th Resolution, The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Asked For Transparency And Public Input "As The Administration Considers Designating A National Monument." "In a May 9th letter to President Barack Obama, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) urged the President and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for transparency and a robust opportunity for public input as the Administration considers designating a National Monument through its authority under the Antiquities Act." ("ASMFC Urges Transparence And Public Input In Proposed New England Offshore Canyons & Seamounts Monument Decision Making Process," Saving Seafood , 5/12/16)

  • The New Bedford Fishing Port, The Most Valuable In The U.S., And Eight Major Fishing Groups From The Atlantic Backed The Resolution. "The most valuable fishing port in the U.S. - New Bedford, Mass. - and eight major fishing groups from Florida to Massachusetts are backing an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) resolution opposing current proposals for a monument off the coast of New England. The fisheries most likely to be affected by a National Monument designation inside the continental shelf, including the valuable red crab, swordfish, tuna, and offshore lobster fisheries, have all come out in support of the ASMFC resolution." ("Fishing Groups Unite To Oppose Atlantic Monument," National Fisherman, 6/3/16)

Obama Used Executive Powers To Create The Marine Monument Despite These Concerns, Threatening The Atlantic Fishing Market

WCVB 5 Headline: "Marine Monument 'Big Blow' For New England Fishing Industry." ("Marine Monument 'Big Blow' For New England Fishing Industry," WCVB 5, 6/3/16)

"New England's Seafood Industry Voiced Its Objections As It Is Already Contending With Declining Fish Stocks, Warming Waters And Increasingly Strict Regulations." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean's First Marine Monument," The New York Times , 9/15/16)

"Fishermen Worry It Will Become Harder For Them To Earn A Living As A Result Of Obama's Move." ("Marine Monument 'Big Blow' For New England Fishing Industry," WCVB 5, 6/3/16)

Spokesman From Multiple Atlantic Fishing Groups Have Spoken Out Against Obama's Unilateral Creation Of The Marine Monument

President Of The Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen's Association Grant Moore: "This Is Deplorable." "'This is deplorable,' said Grant Moore, president of the Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen's Association, in describing the designation." ("Marine Monument 'Big Blow' For New England Fishing Industry," WCVB 5, 6/3/16)

President Of The Atlantic Red Crab Company Jon Williams Said That "The Changes Designed To Address Some Of The Industry's Concerns Don't Sway Him About The Merits Of The Monument" Since His Company Has Been "Fishing Out There For 35 Years." "Jon Williams, president of the Atlantic Red Crab Company in New Bedford, Massachusetts, said his company will survive, but the changes designed to address some of the industry's concerns don't sway him about the merits of the monument. 'We've been fishing out there for 35 years,' Williams said. 'It's a big blow to us.'" ("Marine Monument 'Big Blow' For New England Fishing Industry," WCVB 5, 6/3/16)

Spokesman For The National Coalition For Fishing Communities Bob Vanasse Commented That "We Don't Normally Create Laws In This Country By The Stroke Of An Imperial Pen." "'We don't normally create laws in this country by the stroke of an imperial pen,' says Bob Vanasse, a spokesman for the National Coalition for Fishing Communities." (Tovia Smith, "Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean," NPR, 9/15/16)

  • Vanasse: "This Is Not Only An End-Run Around Congress, It's An End-Run Around The Entire System The Congress Created To Protect These Ocean Resources." "He adds, 'This is not only an end-run around Congress, it's an end-run around the entire system the Congress created to protect these ocean resources.'" (Tovia Smith, "Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean," NPR, 9/15/16)
  • Vanasse: "We Anticipate The Offshore Lobster Industry Will Be Affected To The Tune Of About $10 Million Per Year." "Vanasse says the move will seriously hurt the fishing industry: 'We anticipate the offshore lobster industry will be affected to the tune of about $10 million per year. On top of that, one of the most affected industries is going to be the Atlantic red crab industry. It is going to be very significantly impacted.'" (Tovia Smith, "Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean," NPR, 9/15/16)

Commercial Fisherman Bobby Guzzo Opposes The Designation, Saying "That's Just The Government Trying To Take All Our Water." "Commercial fishermen including Bobby Guzzo, of Stonington, who owns and operates two fishing boats, opposed the designation. 'That's just the government trying to take all our water,' Guzzo said in early August from aboard his fishing vessel. 'I'm dead set against it.'" (Nicholas Rondinone, "Obama Designates Ocean Sanctuary Off New England Coast," Hartford Courant, 9/15/16)


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