THREATS TO FISHERIES - TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FISHERIES EXPANSIONS
13.7% percent of the U.S. marine area is currently closed to commercial fishing.
If Trump decides to open up commercial fishing in Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument as Secretary Zinke recommends1, then he would be reducing the area closed to commercial fishing by 77%, leaving just over 3% of the U.S. marine area closed to commercial fishing.
Further notes on area calculations: These percentages were calculated using ProtectedSeas’ U.S. MPA data, which have been evaluated and coded to indicate where commercial fishing is prohibited, restricted, allowed, or where there is no information regarding commercial fishing. The calculation only includes areas that have been coded as ‘commercial fishing prohibited.’
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