Obama takes over another large swath of ocean and fisherman are LIVID

The Obama administration will create a new national monument covering 4,913 square miles not far off the New England coast.

Environmentalists are ecstatic with the announcement, but New England fishermen aren’t very happy about losing fisheries worth $50 million to their bottom-line, reports The Washington Post.

“The only user group that’s going to be negatively affected by this proposal Daily Caller  New Foundationis the fishing industry, period,” David Borden, executive director of the Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, told the Post.

Borden noted oil tankers will still be able to traverse the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and telecommunications companies would still be able to lay cable, but fisherman can no longer trawl for crabs, lobsters squid and other delicious seafood.

 The White House is giving fishermen and lobster boats who rely on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument seven years to leave the area after regional fishing groups lobbied the administration to allow for fishing to continue in the region.

The new monument is only located 130 miles off the New England coast, and it’s been a commercial fishing hotspot for decades. Fishing companies actually supported increased marine life protections, but just wanted it deep enough so they could still fish there.

“The environmentalists consistently claim these are pristine areas, despite that there’s been fishing there for 40 years,” Borden said. “Just set the boundaries deep enough so the fishing can continue.”

The Obama administration estimates six lobster boats and 20 other fishing vessels still operate in the newly-protected area. Officials will allow recreational fishing to continue, but commercial fishing and seabed mining will be banned.

Eric Reid, who manages a fish processing plant in Rhode Island, told the Post there would be “localized economic damage,” hitting Atlantic fishing towns.

The New England monument creation comes on the tails of President Barack Obama designating the largest swath of ocean ever as a national monument in August. Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to four times its original size.

Obama used the Hawaiian monument creation to talk about how global warming could wipe out natural landmarks.

“When we protect our lands, it helps us protect the climate of the future,” Obama said at a recent Lake Tahoe environmental summit.

Obama’s added 553 million acres worth of national monuments during his time in office, more than any other U.S. president. Most of these designations have put federal waters under increased protection, according to the Post.

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  • David Albert

    How does keeping commercial fishermen out protect the climate?

    • Brin Jenkins

      It can’t of course, more to do with control by destruction because he can! When people are hungry lesser foods can be more profitable and the people more obedient. Like Nixon famously said, “When you have them by the balls there hearts and minds will follow”. See the film Solent Green for an insight to the future.

  • ninetyninepct

    This is International Waters. The obamidiot can shove his monument declaration up his ass. He has no jurisdiction. Go right ahead and fish all you want.

    Who does he think he is, God? The oceans don’t belong to him so he can ram his pissy little laws.