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Designate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary

Don’t Stop Now, NOAA: 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.

That’s why it’s exciting that NOAA has initiated the process to designate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary. This designation would maintain the canyon’s unique gifts, while promising to offer permanent protection from oil, gas and mineral extraction for generations to come. NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad has already taken the key step of initiating the designation process. Now it’s time to make sanctuary status a reality.  
 
Tell Dr. Richard Spinrad that you support the designation of Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary now. Act today. 

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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. The proposed sanctuary, located offshore about 100 miles southeast of the Statue of Liberty, would encompass an ecologically rich area near the most populated coastline along the United States.

Please don’t stop this great momentum: I am asking for a Sanctuary to be designated that would protect the Canyon and its resources for future generations, and to permanently protect against oil, gas, and mineral exploration and extraction.

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. The Canyon directly supports the local economy: these productive waters and habitats are essential to marine wildlife, as well as the fish and invertebrates that our commercial and recreational fisheries depend on. It is also important to recreational divers, the tourism industry, shipping, and deep sea cables, which are critical for connecting New York and New Jersey to the rest of the world.

All aspects of National Marine Sanctuaries involve significant stakeholder input, from the initial nomination to the designation process through its management after a sanctuary has been established. I support the continued engagement of diverse communities in the region as well as the broad array of stakeholders that rely on Hudson Canyon. I support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s recommendation and believe that fishing should continue in this economically valuable area under the existing management structure, especially in light of proactive measures taken to protect deep sea corals and forage species in the region. A Sanctuary can complement these and other management efforts by supporting research and excluding incompatible uses. The marine waters of New York 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 as a national treasure. A Sanctuary designation in Hudson Canyon can provide new resources to connect and engage diverse residents from the region’s historically underrepresented and under-resourced communities in STEM research, educational and workforce development programming as well as expand participation in conservation and management decision-making.

A Sanctuary in Hudson Canyon will provide a special place for us to enjoy and use today, while securing an ecological legacy for generations to come. Thank you for initiating the designation process for Hudson Canyon. I urge you to actively build on this announcement and advance the public process in order to designate a new National Marine Sanctuary in Hudson Canyon promptly.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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