Help Protect Cashes Ledge – Join Our Petition!
New England is as famous for its coastline as for its fish, but what lies beneath New England’s waves is no less remarkable. One of these treasures is Cashes Ledge, a 25-mile long underwater mountain range 80 miles off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine. Cashes Ledge harbors the largest and deepest kelp forest on the eastern seaboard and shelters one of the most diverse habitats in the Gulf of Maine. This habitat is as sensitive to human interference as it is important to ecological diversity. With limited protection against increasingly destructive fishing techniques, Cashes Ledge remains vulnerable to long-term damage. Allowing bottom trawling and other harmful activity in this area threatens these unique ecosystems, rare species, and already dwindling fish populations.
Conservation Law Foundation, marine biologists, scuba divers, commercial and recreational fishermen, and other ocean users are calling on NOAA to design a comprehensive habitat protection strategy that is based on science, meets the requirements of the law, and brings permanent protection to Cashes Ledge. You can help by joining our petition today!
Give Cashes Ledge the Protection It Deserves!
Dear NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard,
Cashes Ledge, an underwater mountain range 80 miles off the coast of Maine, supports the largest and deepest kelp forest off the Northeastern United States and is home to a vast diversity of ocean wildlife, from North Atlantic right whales, Atlantic Wolffish, and blue sharks to fields of anemones and sponges.
Allowing bottom trawling and other harmful activities in Cashes Ledge will threaten unique ecosystems, rare species, and already depleted fish populations. Scientists, commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, scuba divers, conservationists, coastal businesses and other ocean users all support the current and future protection of Cashes Ledge.
I urge NOAA to permanently protect Cashes Ledge. We need a comprehensive habitat protection strategy that is based on science, meets legal requirements and involves the public and other ocean users. Protecting special ocean places like Cashes Ledge helps to maintain viable fisheries and the healthy ocean ecosystem we all use and enjoy. To ensure the health of our ocean wildlife and a thriving New England for all of our citizens, we ask for NOAA's leadership and action to permanently protect Cashes Ledge.