As New Englanders, our legacy is deeply connected to the ocean – and we need to do everything we can to protect it.
Research compiled by prominent New England scientists is clear on this: Cashes Ledge, an underwater mountain range off the New England coast teeming with biodiversity, is scientifically important, fragile, and at risk from human threats. It deserves permanent protection.
This area of the ocean, the Gulf of Maine, is warming faster than 96% of ocean areas. Now, more than ever, it needs a fully protected marine area, which scientists say are more resilient to the effects of climate change. Because of its noted scientific importance, Cashes Ledge should fill this role. Setting aside some areas with comprehensive protection is critical as New England begins to understand how to respond and rebound from climate change.