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Designate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary

There’s not a moment to waste: Designate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary today.

Hudson Canyon, just off the coast of New York and New Jersey, is a key ecological hotspot for marine wildlife, as well as a driver for the local economy. However, this undersea treasure remains vulnerable to oil, gas, and mineral exploration and extraction, which would threaten its valuable resources.

It’s urgent that NOAA designate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary as soon as possible. This designation offers permanent protection from oil, gas and mineral extraction for generations to come. We can’t wait–it’s critical to make sanctuary status a reality, right away.

WCS/Ocean Giants/Image taken under NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit no. 18786-04

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Support for Hudson Canyon Sanctuary Designation
Dear NOAA Administrator Spinrad,

I am writing to express my gratitude and strong support for your decision to initiate the designation of a new National Marine Sanctuary to protect the Hudson Canyon in the New York Bight. I strongly support NOAA’s decision to start the designation process and urge NOAA to actively engage the public and stakeholders to balance conservation and sustainable use in this important ocean area.

I urge you to continue the process without hesitation. I’m asking for a Pre-Designation Sanctuary Advisory Council to be established. We need diverse stakeholder membership and perspectives to help shape a National Marine Sanctuary in the New York Bight.

Hudson Canyon is the largest canyon off the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and one of the largest submarine canyons in the world. The grand scale and diverse structure of the Canyon make it an ecological hotspot for a vast array of marine wildlife including deep sea corals, sharks, whales and dolphins, turtles, seabirds and numerous fish species. We must act now to protect it.

I applaud NOAA for this significant announcement and support the designation of the Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary. I urge you to continue the public process and establish a pre-designation SAC to ensure that diverse perspectives help shape a National Marine Sanctuary in the New York Bight.


[First Name] [Last Name]

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