Target: Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
Goal: Make the Hudson Canyon a National Marine Sanctuary to protect it from oil and gas extraction and other threats.
A nomination to make the Hudson Canyon into a National Marine Sanctuary has been submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Hudson Canyon is approximately 100 miles off the coast of New York, and it’s similar in size and depth to the Grand Canyon. It’s a biological hotspot with hundreds of species calling the canyon home, including deep sea coral, sperm whales, beaked whales, squids, and turtles. It’s also an important area economically, with many commercial fisheries and a large tourism industry focused on whale-watching. Giving the Hudson Canyon sanctuary status will ensure that the area remains economically viable.
Without sanctuary protection, the Hudson Canyon could face many threats. The canyon could be used for oil, mineral, and gas exploration and extraction. The wildlife in Hudson Canyon could also be injured by unmonitored watercrafts, vessels, and anchoring. Plus, giving sanctuary protection would prohibit any foreign materials from being discharged into the water. Making the Hudson Canyon into a National Marine Sanctuary will keep the area safe and free from harm for years to come.
In order to ensure that the Hudson Canyon is safe from oil exploration and other major threats, it must be given sanctuary status. Sign this petition to urge the NOAA to accept the nomination and make the Hudson Canyon the next National Marine Sanctuary.
Dear Dr. Sullivan,
I’m writing in support of the recent nomination to make the Hudson Canyon into a National Marine Sanctuary. This vast canyon is home to hundreds of marine mammals and fish, including squids, whales, and turtles. It’s also important economically for the commercial fisherman of New York and New Jersey. There is also a large tourism industry for whale and bird-watching in the area.
With sanctuary status, the Hudson Canyon will be protected from a number of potential threats that could severely harm the area. This includes oil, gas, and mineral extraction and exploration, and unmonitored watercrafts that injure wildlife. Making the Hudson Canyon into a sanctuary will also provide scientists with the funding they need to further explore this unique area.
The Hudson Canyon is the right choice for the next National Marine Sanctuary. Please accept the nomination made by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and make the Hudson Canyon a National Marine Sanctuary.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Gabriel Barathieu