Trump aims to strip protection from ocean preserve under cover of crisis
President Donald Trump is intending to open the door to commercial fishing in the only federal ocean Monument in the Atlantic. This precious marine preserve, Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, 150 miles off our coast is a haven of pristine waters and diverse wildlife.
The creation of the Monument in 2016 by President Barack Obama was brought about with strong advocacy from the entire Connecticut delegation, led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Rivers Alliance and many other environmental groups are asking you to join us in contacting Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen Chris Murphy, who are key supporters of the Monument.
Inflicting harm on this preserve will not save our fisheries. Quite the opposite. The fisheries of the future depend on deep-sea breeding and nurturing preserves. NE Canyons and Seamount is the only one we have in our region.
Contact Rep. DeLauro
New Haven Office Phone: (203) 562-3718
Washington, DC Office Phone: (202) 225-3661
Contact Sen. Murphy
HARTFORD (860) 549-8463
WASHINGTON DC P: (202) 224-4041
A beautiful distraction from COVID-19
Need a distraction from all things COVID-19? Call your congressional delegate and thank thank them for saving something beautiful – the Northeast Canyons and Sea Mounts National Monument.
Ask them to speak up this month for that $500,000 appropriation in fiscal year 2021 for an evaluation of the ecological features of the natural environment in the monument. This study will open the door to effective protection going forward.
The New Haven Register had a great opinion piece about it called The Serengeti of the Sea Needs Our Help.
The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is managed by two federal agencies. For more information, visit their websites at: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Court Dismisses Challenge to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
Celebrating the third anniversary of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
Rivers Alliance of CT was at Yale on October 10th to celebrate the third anniversary of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
ale School of Forestry Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven
Connecticut played a critical role in the 2016 designation of the first and only marine national monument in the U.S. waters of the Atlantic and a beacon of climate resilience.This pristine habitat is hard to explore, but we’re taking you on a virtual tour of the wildlife found in the monument, with a renowned research scientist as your tour guide
We heard from Peter Auster, Senior Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium, about research in the Monument, including photos from dives in September 2019. The audience of about 150 watched amazing deep sea submersible footage and a live Q&A session with a panel of experts including Yale Professor Rob Klee, former Commissioner of CT DEEP and Rivers Alliance’s own Margaret Miner.
We thank our Congressional Delegation for their critical role in getting the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts designated as a Marine National Monument.
The Celebration was sponsored by: Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment, Connecticut Fund for the Environment – Save the Sound, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Environment CT, Mystic Aquarium, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sea Ahead, Rivers Alliance, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is managed by two federal agencies. For more information, you can visit their websites at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
“All things merge into one, and a river runs through it” (Norman Maclean). All Connecticut rivers flow into the Sound and on into the Atlantic Ocean. This is the destination of the clean, cold water we strive to protect in our rivers; this is the end point of our work.
We care about what is happening out there, but the news is not great. Melting ice in the Arctic, Antarctic and alpine regions; a massive expanding dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Yet take heart. There are still pristine ocean regions. The nearest to us is the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, about 200 miles off Cape Cod, a place of abundant, diverse wildlife. This we must save. Here is a great Factsheet about it.
Rivers Alliance is working with local and national groups to protect this marine treasure. These groups include the the Natural Resources Defense Council, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Mystic Aquarium, CT League of Conservation Voters, New England Aquarium, and the National Ocean Protection Coalition in support of strong protection for this marine treasure.
Our champions in Washington have been our two senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. (Senator Murphy, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee has advocated for science research funding linked to keeping the Monument unspoiled.
You can join us in thanking them at:
- Richard Blumenthal: Hartford (860) 258-6940, or Washington DC (202) 224-2823
- Chris Murphy: Hartford (860) 549-8463 or Washington, DC (202) 224-4041
NOAA’s website for the National Monument
NFWF Announces $2.57 Million in Grants from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund
Thirty-six grants to Improve the Health and Ecosystem of Long Island Sound
From the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF):
Port Jefferson, NY (December 3, 2018) – Today, top federal and state environmental officials from New York and New England announced 36 grants totaling $2.57 million to local government and community groups to improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound.
The activities funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) show how projects led by local groups and communities make a big difference in improving water quality and restoring habitat around the Long Island Sound watershed. This grant program combines funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
View the Hartford Courant coverage
US Sen. Chris Murphy Releases Long Island Sound Investment Plan
At a May 2 press conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy announced the release of his Long Island Sound Investment Plan to ensure that the Sound is protected and “remains the ecological landmark and economic driver it is today.”
“From the thousands of species of wildlife the Sound support, to the fishing and aquaculture industries, to submarine manufacturing, and simple family afternoons on the beach, our state fundamentally depends on a healthy Long Island Sound,” Sen. Murphy said. The plan outlines the federal programs that support the Sound and the funding they require. It advocates for increased investments in programs that support job growth, like aquaculture research at Milford Lab (one of only two federal aquaculture research labs in the country) and programs that protect habitats. It also discusses ways to address water-quality challenges.
The plan calls for a total of $860 million in funding for the following federal programs:
Promoting Stewardship and Fostering Healthy Coastal Habitats
- $10 million for the EPA’s Long Island Sound Geographic Program to support implementation of the Long Island Sound Study
- $600,000 for the National Estuary Program to develop and implement the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)
- $68.4 million for NOAA’s Habitat Conservation and Restoration programs to protect marine life and strengthen natural ecosystems, including $21 million for the Community-based Restoration Program
Growing and Supporting Connecticut’s Fishing Industry
- $20 million for aquaculture research at NOAA labs
- $80 million for the National Sea Grant Colleges System, which provides $1.1 million in funding for education, research, and stakeholder collaboration at Connecticut Sea Grant at UConn Avery Point
- $9 million to support aquaculture research in salt waters through the Marine Aquaculture program
- $121.8 million to help restore fish habitats, manage the catch share program, and combat illegal fishing through the Fisheries Management Programs and Services
- $150 million to improve aquatic habitat science and implement protected species management through the Fisheries and Ecosystem Science Programs and Services
- Maintaining adequate resources and staffing at Milford Lab
Preparing for the Next Storm and Investing in Coastal Resilience
- $53.8 million for Coastal Zone Management and Services to provide data and tools to coastal states on resiliency efforts
- $10 million for Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants to implement habitat friendly coastal resiliency projects
- Continued implementation of Connecticut’s $54 million federal Housing and Urban Development grant to prepare our coastline for the impact of rising sea levels and severe storms
- $10 million for the newly created National Oceanic and Coastal Security Fund to help Americans respond to the threats of rising sea levels and warming oceans
Read a press release with a link to the full plan.