New England fishermen challenge Obama’s marine national monument

Creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument exceeded the Antiquities Act, which authorizes monuments only on federal land, not the ocean

A coalition of New England fishermen organizations filed suit today over former President Barack Obama’s designation of a vast area of ocean as a national monument — a dictate that could sink commercial fishing in New England. The organizations filing the lawsuit are the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, Rhode Island Fisherman’s Alliance, and Garden State Seafood Association. Listen to Podcast

They are represented, free of charge, by Pacific Legal Foundation, a watchdog organization that litigates nationwide for limited government, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.  READ MORE HERE

Commercial Fishing Organizations Oppose Cashes Ledge and the New England Canyons be designated a National Monument

MEMORANDUM F OR PRESIDENT

FROM: RYAN K ZINKE
SUBJECT: Final Report Summarizing Findings of the Review of Designations Under
the Antiquities Act

Executive Summary and Impressions of the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
In 1906, Congress delegated to the President the power to designate a monument under the
Antiquities Act (Act). The Act authorizes the President singular authority to designate national
monuments without public comment, READ MORE HERE.

September 18, 2015 

Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association along with 8 other commercial fishing organizations signed and sent a letter to President Obama opposing the potential designation of the Cashes Ledges and the New England Canyons as a National monument.

Dear Mr. President;  The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association along with the following organizations: Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Association, Downeast Lobstermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Union, Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association, Rhode Island Lobstermen’s Association, Gloucester Fisheries Commission and the American Bluefin Tuna Association (Organizations); collectively represent an estimated 10,500 commercial and charter fishermen Read More here.