Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and Antiquities Act Defense Initiative

Photo credit: OceanX and Bloomberg Philanthropies
Grantee Conservation Law Foundation
Grant Amount $700,000
Duration Two Years

 On June 5, 2020 President Trump issued a proclamation opening the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing, immediately imperiling this remarkable and vulnerable ecosystem and potentially setting a dangerous precedent that threatens the nation’s other marine national monuments in the Pacific and land monuments across the country, if his action is allowed to stand.

Conservation Law Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Earthjustice are working together on a multi-faceted legal and public and political outreach campaign to reverse this rollback and secure the future of the only marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic. At a time when there is a need to protect at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean by 2030 in order to build the resilience of our planet to climate change and stave off a dramatic trend in species extinction, we must win this fight.