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On this World Oceans Day, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk applauds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for its decision to initiate the process to designate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary.
Located just 100 miles southeast of the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson Canyon is the largest submarine canyon off the Atlantic Coast of the United States, and one of the largest in the world. It rivals the size and scale of the Grand Canyon, and is an ecological hotspot for a vast array of marine wildlife including corals, sharks and other fishes, whales and sea birds. The designation of the canyon as a national marine sanctuary would give these important waters the benefit of federal protection, as well as the benefit of federal funding for research and management.
“The robust biodiversity of the Canyon directly supports our regional marine-based economy by providing productive waters and habitats for the fish and invertebrates that our commercial and recreational fisheries depend on,” says Jason Patlis, President and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium. “A national marine sanctuary off our coast will provide a special place for use and enjoyment today, while securing an ecological legacy for generations to come.”
The nomination of Hudson Canyon is the culmination of years of advocacy and community-led efforts by The Maritime Aquarium, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other conservationists, businesses and community organizations.
The marine waters off the coast of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey sustain a world-class metropolitan region, a rich maritime history, highly productive fisheries and a rich diversity of marine life, thus deserving recognition and protection as a national treasure.
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