James Dooley, Ph.D., and fellow marine scientists petitioned Obama to create the first national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

President Obama made news on September 16, 2016, when he announced that he had created the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean to protect fragile deep-sea ecosystems off the coast of New England. James Dooley, Ph.D., professor of biology at AdelphiUniversity, was one of the scientists who petitioned the White House to take action to preserve the underwater canyons and mountains that make up the new monument.

According to a White House news release, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument will provide critical protections for important ecological resources and marine species, including deep-sea coral and endangered whales and sea turtles.

See the full coverage on The White House’s official website.    

Photo Credit: Michael Muller

Photo Credit: Michael Muller

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