Dear Secretary of Commerce Ross,
In late April, President Trump signed an executive order that threatens to roll back long established environmental protections by opening our Marine Monuments to commercial fishing and National Marine Sanctuaries to oil and mineral exploration. We shouldn't be selling off our healthiest ocean spaces to the highest bidder; they belong to all of us. Coastal communities depend on these special places in the ocean.
I strongly urge the Trump administration to maintain the current boundaries and management plans for our marine monuments and sanctuaries. Oil drilling, mineral mining and commercial fishing do not belong in these sensitive places. In an ocean already suffering, we need to protect these valuable marine ecosystems and ocean wildlife, not put them at greater risk.
I urge you to support the following marine monuments and sanctuaries and recommend that their boundaries and protection remain in place.
Rose Atoll Marine National Monument
National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Marianas Trench Marine National Monument
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument