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Top Ten Comments for a Wondrous Atlantic Ocean Place

10. Once the oceans go black, it’s hard to go back! Laura, Palo Alto CA

9. I am Canadian and I hope you will read this petition and implement this conservation motion. Victor, Quebec CANADA

8.  I believe the planet is one system. Damage to one part has a ripple effect world-wide.     John, Daly City  CA

7.  I have a poster of the wondrous Atlantic Ocean in my office to share with all of my students. This area deserves to be recognized! Adrienne, Oakland CA

6.  We are the stewards of the Earth. We must take responsibility, protect and maintain our world for future generations. Please protect this marine wilderness! Thank you President Obama, Lisa, San Antonio TX

5.  You have shown your support for protecting our land and the waters in and around our country. Please continue by supporting the Northeast Regional Planning Body and their work to protect the areas of Cashes Ledge, canyons and seamounts! Vera, San Francisco CA

4.  I am an environmental science teacher and I want our students to be able to appreciate deep-ocean sea life in their futures. Please help protect this region for our youth. John Brentwood, CA

3.  I grew up spending every summer at Cape Cod and I love this area of the Atlantic Ocean. Please protect these silent inhabitants with no voice who reach out to you for help. Do the right thing Mr. President, please. Patricia, Mountain View CA

2.  I am very glad to see “tribal members” included in the management. Please protect the oceans. Susan, San Francisco CA   (Tribal members are listed below.)

1. We’ve gone to other planets, to space, literally out of this world and discovered the coolest things around. It’s amazing! But the ocean is one of the least explored places that we haven’t really gone deep down to which is funny because it’s literally right there! There is so much to see, so much to discover; it is only fair to recognize a place that holds so much potential! I mean can you imagine the sort of crazy creatures that live under there that we don’t know about yet! Gwen, San Jose CA   View Gwen’s Letter to President Obama.

The top ten comments were all written by hand on prepared letters for the President at the San Francisco Green Festival in the Cow Palace earlier in November.   See below for additional comments submitted on line.

What’s your comment for this wondrous ocean place?  Please add your comment below.

Tribal Members of the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body
-Aroostook Band of Micmacs/All Nations Consulting
-Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
-Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
-Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council
-Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut
-Passamaquoddy Tribe – Indian Township Reservation
-Passamaquoddy Tribe – Pleasant Point Reservation
-Penobscot Indian Nation
-Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island
-Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Heat (Aquinnah)

Federal Members of the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Stephen Bowler + David Swearingen, Office of Energy Projects
New England Fishery Management Council
  • Douglas Grout, Chief of Marine Fisheries, New Hampshire Fish and Game
Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Joe Atangan, Senior Scientist, US Navy Fleet Forces Command
US Department of Agriculture
  • Christine Clarke, State Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service
US Department of Commerce
  • Betsy Nicholson, Northeast Regional Lead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
US Department of Defense
  • Christopher Tompsett, Environmental Review Board Coordinator, Environmental Division
US Department of Energy
  • Patrick Gilman, Wind Energy Deployment Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
US Department of Homeland Security
  • Dan Hubbard, Maritime Energy Program Specialist, First District US Coast Guard
US Department of the Interior
  • Bob LaBelle, Senior Advisor to the Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
US Department of Transportation
  • Jeffrey Flumignan, Director, North Atlantic Gateway Office, Maritime Administration
US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Mel Coté, Manager, Office of Ecosystem Protection, Ocean and Coastal Protection Unit
State Members of the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body
Massachusetts
-  Bruce Carlisle, Director, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs/Coastal Zone Management
- Paul Diodati, Director, Department of Fish and Game/Division of Marine Fisheries
Connecticut
- Brian Thompson, Director, Office of Long Island Sound Program, Department of Environmental Protection
- Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Maine
- Patrick Keliher, Commissioner, Department of Marine Resources
- Walt Whitcomb, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
New Hampshire
- Thomas Burack, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Services
- Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director, Department of Fish and Game
Rhode Island
- Grover Fugate, Executive Director, Coastal Resource Management Council
- Janet Coit, Director, Department of Environmental Management
Vermont    Joseph Roman, Research Professor, University of Vermont

39 responses on “Top Ten Comments for a Wondrous Atlantic Ocean Place

  1. Rob

    ” Please ” President Obama Use The ” Antiquities Act ” To Continue The Good Work Of The ” N R P B ” ! Because This Awesomely Wondrous Atlantic Ocean Is Very Deserving Of Protective Proclamation By You President Obama! Writes Jeannine from Providence RI on Nov 22.

  2. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Because of its most enriching biodiversity, the Atlantic Ocean must be protected at all times. This means absolutely no exploration and production of fossil fuels should take place anywhere in the Atlantic. Please do take the right steps to ensure that the Atlantic Ocean is completely safe for all cetaceans and other marine life. Many thanks! Writes Laurice from Mesa, AZ on Nov 23.

  3. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    I am so sorry that underwater mining is even being considered. Surely we can prevent this tragedy in the making. Writes Barbara from Baltimore MD on Nov 24.

  4. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Just as we save special places on land, we need to be aware of and take steps to preserve special places in the oceans, especially with deep dredging and the damage it does to the ocean floor. Writes Candace from Austin TX on Nov 22.

  5. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    In studying oceanography seamounts are the most diverse habitat in the open ocean and we don’t even know how important these areas are. Writes Jim from Deland, Florida on Nov 23

  6. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. We should be protecting our earth not exploit for a few greedy individuals. Writes Elise from St. Peters MO on Nov 22.

  7. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Our oceans are enormously important to our survival, and they contain so much beauty and wonder for us to discover, they must be conserved and preserved. Writes Patricia from Sun City AZ Nov 22.

  8. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    The mining and petroleum interests will not stop until they have torn every bit of the Earth to pieces. We have to stop them. There is no excuse but greed for this mad race to destroy every last place on Earth. Writes Linda from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Nov 22.

  9. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    The oceans are dying. Is there a better reason to STOP mineral mining in our ocean? stop the madness! Writes Andrea from Anacortes WA on Nov 22.

  10. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    The preservation of irreplaceable underwater life in our oceans, particularly in the off-shore areas surrounding our continent is highly important for the continued preservation of our living and livable planet. Continuing to degrade and despoil our ocean world will lead to dire consequences for the future; fishermen may no longer find the species to which they are accustomed and taking the tops off undersea mountains will cause the loss of “safe” places for marine life to flourish. Writes Martha from Uwchland PA, Nov 22

  11. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Just as we save special places on land, we need to be aware of and take steps to preserve special places in the oceans, especially with deep dredging and the damage it does to the ocean floor. Writes Candace from Austin TX on Nov 22.

  12. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    The mountains under the ocean are important deep seabed food sources and hubs of oceanic activity in otherwise hostile and barren surroundings. It’s important to continue the good scientific tradition of protecting places like these seamounts from mining activities, as well as protect ocean canyons and Cashes Ledge. Writes J from Boston Massachusetts on Nov 23.

  13. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Please consider that should mining ever be allowed in our New England ocean canyons and seamounts, that it would result in irreversible harm to the ocean environment. Livelihoods of countless fishermen would be compromised, as well as the health of the ocean in general. It is unacceptable to leave these canyons and seamounts at risk for mining and destruction. Writes Jessica from Medford MA on Nov 23.

  14. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    These areas are fabulous for ocean going and fishing. We don’t need to drill for oil here. Oil burning is causing climate change and we need to stop it everywhere in the world. Please support these ocean canyons and seamounts to remain one of the wonderful places in our oceans. Writes Thomas from Philadelphia PA on Nov 23.

  15. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    There is no doubt that our oceans are at risk and your help is urgently needed to minimize the destruction by excluding mining. We need to learn to live sustainably and without greed. Writes Jenny from Apple Valley CA on Nov 23.

  16. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Once we destroy or damage these magnificent regions, there is no going back. Writes Cecelia from Schiller Park IL on Nov 23.

  17. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Why is our country so ready to destroy our natural places??? We can’t wait to deforest our parks and overgraze our public lands! Now we can’t wait to to ruin our oceans! Sometimes I think my government does not care about the beauty and the tranquility of our last wild places whether it’s on land or in the ocean and at beaches!!!!!! Writes Linda of Burns Flat Oklahoma on Nov 23.

  18. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    The destruction of our critically needed natural resources is a Crime Against Humanity. Humans literally cannot live without clean air and water, and the essential ecosystems and wildlife habitats that provide us with our food sources and biodiversity. Writes Carolyn of Edgewater Maryland on Nov 23.

  19. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Please continue the positive efforts of the Northeast Regional Planning Body and protect the Atlantic Ocean from oil, gas and mineral mining – before our destruction of the earth continues in these precious places. MUST WE DESTROY EVERY INCH OF OUR WORLD AND OCEANS?? Writes Barbara from Parkesburg PA on Nov 23.

  20. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    These unique ecosystems need protection from unfettered corporate greed and profiteering. Block their access to these eco-gems, NOW! Writes Jack from San Diego CA on Nov 23.

  21. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    We need to protect our precious ocean environments; they are a vital part of our EARTH”S BREATH! Writes Sandra from Stockton Springs, Maine on Nov 23

  22. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    We only have one planet and it is under assault at so many levels. Please do everything within your power to protect it. Writes Cheryl from Spirit Lake, Idaho on Nov 23.

  23. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    We need to protect as many diverse environments as possible, even those under the sea. Writes Dolores from Grand Junction Michigan on Nov 23.

  24. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Like mountaintop mining, once done its gone forever. Our waters cannot recover from this destruction. Writes Linda from Manchester Center Vermont on Nov 23.

  25. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Seamounts are important areas with congregations of so many varieties of marine life that destruction of them as we have done with mountaintop removal with coal mining is unthinkable. Please protect these four seamounts, the canyons, and Cashes Ledge Closed Area! Writes Susan from Johnsburg, Illinois on Nov 24.

  26. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    PLEASE PROCLAIM ! PROCLAIM ! NO ONE ELSE CAN/WILL DO THIS FOR PLANET EARTH !! Writes Christine from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on Nov 24.

  27. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Considering the damage mankind has done to climate and ecology above water, I believe it a bad idea to tamper with the oceans’ floor. Writes R.H. from Saratoga Springs, NY on Nov 24.

  28. alex wipf

    I don’t know…..I’m kind of curious about how mining would occur at 1000 feet….what’s Interesting is how the mining would be done. If anyone knows what the practical process of mining at that depth would entail, it would be most informative and a welcome addition to the discussion.

    1. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

      Remote operating rock cutting machinery is lowered down on cables. By grinding away the crust, miners provide a service, they claim, by exposing basalt rock where marine life prefers to attach. Weather and sea conditions in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean are legendarily bad, for example the film/book Perfect Storm.

  29. Eric

    Absolutely important! seriously now! Protect the seamounts and canyons in the Atlantic Oceam off the New England coast from destructive mineral mining for ALL Ericas’ healthy futures!

  30. john schwarzenbach

    The end is near, mountain top removal kills everything below. The laws need to be changed, they were written by greedy men from the 19th century. The President should act on this one.

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