National Wildlife Refuge Applauds Marine Monument Designation

Dr. Gregg Gorton
Dr. Gregg Gorton

Over the course of his 30 years as a clinical professor, Dr. Gregg Gorton has lectured on numerous of topics, including professional conduct and ethics, as well as boundary setting in the therapeutic relationship. Apart from his academic career, Dr. Gregg Gorton is an active philanthropist and supports many charitable organizations, including the National Wildlife Refuge.

The National Wildlife Refuge recently announced its praise and support of President Obama’s decision to establish the nation’s pioneer marine monument. Located in the Atlantic Ocean some 150 miles away from Cape Cod’s coastline, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument join the ranks of the National Wildlife Refuge System and will be under the auspices of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The monument will help protect an ocean environment that contains extremely large and tumultuous seamounts, the largest of which is taller than the highest point in the Rocky Mountain range. The 1,000-year-old corals in the area, along with a wide swath of other various deep sea marine wildlife, will now enjoy some of the most robust protections in the country.

All told, a 4,913 area of the Atlantic was adopted into the monument. This area was smaller than what the National Wildlife Refuge originally asked for in its proposal. A compromise was reached, however, in order to minimize the impact on local fisherman and their livelihoods.