Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Facebook: National Marine Sanctuaries and Monuments
"Our 15 marine sanctuaries and monuments across the United States together generate $8 billion dollars in coastal and ocean economies and support nearly 70,000 jobs. Together, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument protect over 7,000 species, many of them found nowhere else in the world. Their unique habitat represent the healthiest and least disturbed coral reefs in all U.S. waters providing essential habitat for diverse and unique fish, invertebrates, the threatened green sea turtle, over 14 million seabirds, endangered land birds and plants, and several species of marine mammals, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.
Our National Monuments also host invaluable species preservation research, coral reef conservation and coastal management programs. These programs are helping scientists and planners understand, mitigate, and adapt to the impacts of climate change for a more resilient economic future. I joined 64 of my colleagues in urging Secretary of Commerce Ross to protect the nation’s ecosystems and cultural sites throughout U.S. waters from drilling, which would upset this important work and the essential ecosystem services that we need to survive." http://democrats-naturalresources.house.gov/letter-to-secretary-ross-on-national-marine-sanctuaries-and-marine-national-monuments
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