Protect Hudson Canyon

Update: WCS is delighted by President Obama's announcement to ban future oil and gas development in 31 Atlantic canyons including the Hudson Canyon. This significant action will help conserve the Hudson Canyon's vulnerable marine species and unique ecosystem value, and safeguard the livelihoods of people who depend on its marine resources, including fishermen. Given expected challenges to the ban, WCS believes that a sanctuary designation currently offers the best assurance to protect the Hudson Canyon from the possibility of future oil and gas exploration and development.

Just 100 miles off the coast of New York is a magnificent underwater canyon few of us know about. It’s a vast ocean realm so deep you could stack seven Empire State Buildings end-to-end from the ocean’s floor and not reach the surface.

It's called Hudson Canyon and it formed during the last ice age—over 10,000 years ago. Today, it's home to hundreds of species—what scientists call a biodiversity hotspot.

But without protections, this incredible canyon could face threats from oil, gas, and mineral extraction. That’s why whales, sea turtles, and the 100s of species that rely on this amazing place need your help. Tell the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to designate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary through a transparent public process.


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Dear NOAA Administrator

Thank you,
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