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IOCS supports maintaining U.S. marine monuments

June 15, 2017

Dr. Ellen Pikitch was one of 535 scientists to sign a letter to members of the United States Senate in response to a recent Executive Order questioning the validity of land and marine monuments. For the last 100 years, U.S. Presidents have used their authority to establish protected areas on land, and in the ocean, which have given important status to areas of ecological and cultural importance. Dr. Pikitch said "Marine reserves will work best when they are designed and implemented based on the best available scientific understanding. Science has indisputably demonstrated that full or strong protections are essential for effective marine reserves."

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