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Obama Creates First Marine National Monument in Atlantic Ocean

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Thursday the creation of the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean, preserving nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England, a northeastern region of the U.S. The president signed a proclamation designating the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument as protected shrines, resulting in a ban on commercial fishing, mining and drilling. A seven year exception will be made,...

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