Posted by: The ocean update | August 14, 2017

NOAA extends public comment period on marine monuments (USA)

This photo of gorgonian soft coral, a brisingid sea star and sponges was taken along the New England Seamounts chain off the Northeast coast. NOAA photo

July 27th, 2017 (go directly to the end of this page to act now). The agency says the level of interest has spurred it to add 15 days.

The Trump administration is reopening the public comment period on a review of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will formally reopen public comments on the federal Department of Commerce review that began June 26. The agency says the level of public interest in the review has motivated it to accept comments for an additional 15 days, from July 31 to Aug. 15.

The review includes six expansions of national marine sanctuaries and five designations and expansions of national marine monuments. It includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument designation made by then-President Barack Obama last year.

The review includes the designation and expansion of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and designation of Rose Atoll Marine National Monument.

More information

Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (link)

Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy (link)

27 national monuments are under review. Here are five to watch (link)

Your marine monuments need your help ! (link)

NOAA to reopen public comment period on review of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments (link)

Summary

On June 26, 2017, NOAA published a notice in the Federal Register (82 FR 28827) to request comments to inform the review the Department of Commerce is conducting pursuant to Executive Order 13795—Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, signed on April 28, 2017. The Department of Commerce is conducting a review of all designations and expansions of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments since April 28, 2007. The June 26, 2017, notice provides more information on the scope of the review, including a list of the eleven National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments subject to the review. The Secretary of Commerce will use the review to inform the preparation of a report under Executive Order 13795, Sec. 4(b)(ii). This notice reopens the public comment period by an additional 15 days.

Update 08.14.2017 : it’s the last day to act (link)

You may submit comments, identified by docket ID NOAA-NOS-2017-0066 by either of the following methods :

You can also sign a petition here (Help Stop Trump’s Assault On Our Oceans !) and here that will be submitted to the Interior Department as part of the public comments. Even better, you can send a personalized comment directly to the Interior Department as previously said. Make sure to mention any personal connection you might have the monument.

Sea turtles sit on Turtle Beach during a tour by US President Barack Obama of Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean on September 1, 2016.
President Barack Obama went off the beaten track on September 1 — way off — to a newly expanded marine reserve on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, part of an effort to polish his environmental legacy. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The wing tip of Air Force One can be seen as U.S. President Barack Obama lands at Henderson Field to visit the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
NYTCREDIT : Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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