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Is the Norfolk Canyon the next Atlantic National Marine Sanctuary?

5800f52235f08-imageFor more than a year, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center has been developing a case for making the canyon part of the sanctuary system. It has company. The National Aquarium in Baltimore and the New York Aquarium are working on nominations for ocean canyons off their states as well. “These are incredibly special places, amazing places,” said , the Virginia Aquarium’s director of research and conservation. The Atlantic canyons, of which there are more than 50, large and small, are “biological hot spots,” he said. They’re havens, feeding grounds, nurseries for thousands of species of creatures, from worms burrowing in the deepest sediments to whales breaching on the choppy surface. Swingle is leading the push for the Norfolk Canyon, the southernmost of the big ones. He said the Beach City Council will be asked soon to adopt a resolution of support, after which a nomination will be filed before year’s end with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read the rest here 08:27

Proposed National Marine Sanctuary nominated off California coast

The formal documents were submitted this week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for consideration on Monday. The stretch of coast affected includes both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and runs from Cambria to just north of Gaviota. On the water, the area is sandwiched between two already existing Nation Marin Sanctuaries; Monterey Bay to the north and Channel Islands to the south. Read the rest here 22:48