Fish Habitat Section of the American Fisheries Society

Photo: NOAA fisheries.

The Atlantic Ocean’s First Marine Monument

  On September 15th, 2016, President Obama proclaimed the creation of the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean: Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Located approximately 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod,...

Map detailing the 2016 expansion of Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument.

When Federal Policy Protects Habitat

In May 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13158 establishing the federal framework for marine protected areas within U.S. waters. This built upon previous legislation including the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery...