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Lawsuit to cancel Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine NMon can proceed, judge rules

Organizations suing to eliminate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean have gotten the OK to proceed with a suit designed to reopen the area to commercial fishing, which environmentalists fear could jeopardize preservation efforts.


The fishing groups sued to challenge the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument created by President Barack Obama in 2016. It's a 5,000-square-mile area off of New England that contains fragile deep sea corals and vulnerable species of marine life such as right whales.


http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lawsuit-eliminate-atlantic-marine-monument-proceed-54042515

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