California National Marine Sanctuary Comment Letter in Response to Executive Order 13795: America-First Offshore Energy Strategy

August 15, 2017

As part of our work to protect marine monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries from Trump Administration rollbacks, NRDC filed comments with NOAA on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and on the four California marine sanctuaries, all of which are being reviewed by the Department of Commerce pursuant to the Executive Order: Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. The comments addressed oil, gas, and mineral resources in these areas, management costs, and consultation processes followed in the designation of these areas. The comments highlighted the overwhelmingly positive economic and social benefits of the California sanctuaries. Over 53,374 actions were taken in support of the marine monuments and marine sanctuaries by NRDC’s members and online activists and 46 groups joined with NRDC in the comments on the California marine sanctuaries.