Obama's Atlantic Preserve: Good News For Fish, Less So For Crustaceans
The president said a new national monument will be built off the coast of Cape Cod.By Ryan Biek | September 15, 2016
Just two weeks after expanding a national monument in the Pacific Ocean, President Barack Obama is announcing the nation's first monument in the Atlantic.
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument — a preservation area about the size of Connecticut — will sit 130 miles off Cape Cod's coast and will be off-limits to commercial fishing.
But due to criticism from New England's seafood industry, the Obama administration isn't planning to phase out all kinds of fishing in the area at once.