America’s Deep Sea Treasures: The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Fact Sheet
April 26, 2017

Located about 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod and approximately the size of Connecticut, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is the first and only marine national monument off the continental United States, home to an array of marine life, including endangered whales, sea turtles, seabirds, and rare deep-sea corals, that are protected from commercial extractive activities. This refuge provided by the monument safeguards fragile and interconnected ocean ecosystems, improves ocean resilience to warming temperatures and other threats, and helps to sustain tourism, recreation, fishing, and other sectors of the New England economy that depend on abundant fish and wildlife.