Trump: Stop Offshore Drilling & Do More To Protect the Oceans!
The Trump Administration is proposing to reduce the size of several marine National Monuments, including the Outer Hawai’ian Islands, Rose Atoll, and the Pacific Remote Islands National Monuments.
These areas provide protection for coral reefs and include habitat for many marine species, including whales and dolphins.
The Trump Administration wants to shrink the size of these protected areas in order to promote offshore oil drilling and commercial fishing, but that will jeopardize key marine ecosystems for dubious gains in energy and fish products.
Indeed, such refuges have been shown to increase fish populations outside the protected area by seeding new fish from secure breeding areas. And coral reefs are in serious danger worldwide, in part due to harmful fishing practices like bottom trawling. Offshore oil should be left in the ground, where it won’t pollute marine waters and won’t contribute to global warming.
The Administration is also considering shrinking the size of land National Monuments as well.
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