Unity leads to Sanctuary listing

Mar 19, 2017
Unity leads to Sanctuary listing

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration listed the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument as a potential National Marine Sanctuary, a significant step toward the goal of sanctuary status that Governor Torres and I requested of then-President Obama last September. We both view Sanctuary status as a way to fulfill the promises of economic, environmental, and cultural benefit made when the Monument was created by President George Bush.

Friends of the Marianas Trench, led by Mr. Ignacio Cabrera, followed up in November by filing a nomination petition backed by Commonwealth legislators, community leaders, and the 1,500 residents of the Marianas and Guam who signed a petition in favor of sanctuary designation. With this strong backing, Governor Torres and I will urge NOAA and the new Trump administration to begin the process of public consideration, set out in the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, that can now lead to making the Monument a National Marine Sanctuary.