New England Marine National Monuments
Do you believe that the only way to conserve our public lands and waters is to lock recreational fishermen out? Do you view recreational fishing as an extractive activity on par with oil drilling and commercial bottom trawling? Of course you don’t.
But that’s just how anti-fishing groups are trying to label us. They are trying to block all fishing – recreational included – in a newly proposed Marine National Monument off the coast of New England, even though there is no evidence that recreational fishing impacts the habitat in these areas. Recreational fishing is allowed in existing Marine National Monuments, so why should this one be different? It doesn’t make sense.
UPDATE – Recreational Fishing Will Be Allowed in New England Marine Monument
The recreational fishing and boating community applauds the decision by President Obama to differentiate public use from commercial extraction of marine resources by including recreational fishing as an allowable activity in the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, located approximately 150 miles off the Massachusetts coast. This announcement carries on with the precedent in recent marine monument decisions to allow recreational fishing as an important and sustainable use of marine waters.