National Aquarium Willing To Pull Baltimore Canyon Designation Effort If Community Opposition Continues

After backlash from local, state and federal leaders opposing the proposed designation of the Baltimore Canyon as an Urban National Marine Sanctuary, National Aquarium officials late last week responded with a commentary outlining a willingness to compromise on the proposal or even withdraw it altogether. In response to the concerns, National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli issued a statement of his own in the form of an open letter in an attempt to clear up the misconceptions.“With good intentions, we reached out to, continues,, Two weeks ago, the Mayor and Council fired off a letter opposing the designation to Governor Larry Hogan and state leaders. Last week, a coalition of U.S. Congressmen representing mid-Atlantic states fired off a similar letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan expressing serious concern with the proposal and calling into question its legality. Read the story here 12:21