President Barack Obama recently created the first marine national monument in the Atlantic, which will prohibit commercial fishing in a series of deep canyons and extinct undersea volcanoes that lie more than 150 miles off southern New England, along and beyond the continental shelf. The marine park totals 4,900 square miles and will now constitute a no-take zone.
The first national monument in the Atlantic will protect deep canyons along the continental shelf and a chain of extinct undersea volcanoes.
This comes just weeks after President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the northwestern islands of Hawaii to more than half a million square miles—the largest protected area anywhere on Earth.
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