Commercial Fishing May Be Allowed at Marine National Monument


SouthCoast Today: The U.S. Interior secretary is giving voice to the return of commercial fishing to a year-old marine national monument about 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod, a move that addresses concerns raised by the industry but was blasted Monday by environmental groups.


After completing a review of 27 national monuments, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outlined his recommendations in a draft memo obtained by the Washington Post.


Zinke said the September 2016 President Barack Obama proclamation establishing the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument should be amended “to allow commercial fishing and ensure the practice is managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act,” the primary law governing fisheries management in federal waters.


Read more about the possibility of allowing commercial fishing at the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.