Here in Maine and New England generally, the Trump administration’s plans to expand exploitation of natural resources in the Kathadin Woods and Waters National Monument has rightly received the lion’s share of public attention and debate. But out to sea, something similar has been proposed for the nation’s first permanently protected marine reserve, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts monument.
In this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram I describe the facts around the debate, which pits a subset of southern New England’s fishermen — and Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke — against scientists and conservationists. Read on for details.
For more on the Gulf of Maine, consider “Mayday,” the 2015 Press Herald series on climate change hereabouts, or this recent story on the recent discovery that increased warming of the Gulf is not uniform throughout the year.