President Trump Holds Commercial Fishing Roundtable in Bangor, Maine – Video and Proclamation

Earlier today President Trump and trade advisor Peter Navarro traveled to Bangor, Maine to participate in a roundtable discussion on supporting America’s commercial fishermen. During the visit the president signed a proclamation modifying the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

Participating in the roundtable were: Paul LePage, Former Governor of Maine; Terry Alexander, Owner, Jordan Lynn Inc.; Jim Odlin, Member of Board of Directors, Blue Harvest Fisheries; Frank O’Hara Jr., President, O’Hara Corporation; Kristan Porter, President, Maine Lobstermen’s Association; Maggie Raymond, Executive Director, Associated Fisheries of Maine; Mary Beth Tooley, Former Council Member, New England Fishery Management Council and Jon Williams, Owner, Atlantic Red Crab Company

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Background – On September 15, 2016, the Obama Administration designated the first and only national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, using authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

This action abruptly ended commercial fishing within its boundaries, limiting economic prosperity for this crucial industry in the northeast. President Trump’s proclamation amends that economic restriction, reauthorizes commercial fishing, but will not alter the boundaries of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

[A Proclamation ] In Proclamation 9496 of September 15, 2016, and exercising his authority under section 320301 of title 54, United States Code (the “Antiquities Act”), the President established the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, reserving for the care and management of objects of historic and scientific interest approximately 4,913 square miles of water and submerged lands in and around certain deep-sea canyons and seamounts situated upon lands and interests in lands owned or controlled by the Federal Government.

The President prohibited commercial fishing, with a phase-out period for American lobster and red crab fisheries, within the monument’s boundaries. This proclamation lifts the prohibition on commercial fishing, an activity that is subject to the Magnuson‑Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson‑Stevens), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., and other applicable laws, regulations, and requirements. This proclamation does not modify the monument in any other respect.

Proclamation 9496 identifies a number of canyons and seamounts as objects of historic and scientific interest. The monument is designated in two units, which correspond to two distinct geological features. The Canyons Unit comprises three underwater canyons that start at the edge of the continental shelf, whereas the Seamounts Unit consists of four undersea mountains. Both units are located in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.

In addition to the geological features, Proclamation 9496 designates the natural resources and ecosystems in and around the Canyons and Seamounts Units as objects of historic and scientific interest. Proclamation 9496 describes diverse ecological communities in the canyon and seamount areas, which include seabirds, whales, dolphins, turtles, and highly migratory fish species, such as tunas, billfish, and sharks.

Proclamation 9496 observes that some of these species have appeared in the canyon and seamount areas in large aggregations and increased numbers. In support of the monument designation, Proclamation 9496 notes that “[t]hese canyons and seamounts, and the ecosystem they compose, have long been of intense scientific interest,” with “[s]cientists from government and academic oceanographic institutions” studying “the canyons and seamounts using research vessels, submarines, and remotely operated underwater vehicles for important deep-sea expeditions.”

As part of the management of the monument, Proclamation 9496 prohibited, subject to the phase-out period previously noted, all commercial fishing within the monument’s boundaries.

As explained herein, following further consideration of the nature of the objects identified in Proclamation 9496 and the protection of those objects already provided by relevant law, I find that appropriately managed commercial fishing would not put the objects of scientific and historic interest that the monument protects at risk.

Indeed, Proclamation 9496 allows for recreational fishing and further acknowledges that “[t]hroughout New England, the maritime trades, and especially fishing, have supported a vibrant way of life, with deep cultural roots and a strong connection to the health of the ocean and the bounty it provides.”

With respect to fish in particular, many of the fish species that Proclamation 9496 identifies are highly migratory and not unique to the monument. Some of the examples of fish species that Proclamation 9496 identifies are not of such significant scientific interest that they merit additional protection beyond that already provided by other law. Moreover, the fish species described in Proclamation 9496 are subject to Federal protections under existing laws and agency management designations.

For example, Magnuson-Stevens regulates commercial fishing to ensure long-term biological and economic sustainability for our Nation’s marine fisheries, taking into account the protection of associated marine ecosystems. Magnuson-Stevens establishes regional fishery management councils, supervised by the Secretary of Commerce in coordination with the States and affected stakeholders, that develop fishery management plans to regulate our Nation’s fisheries, using the best available science and observing strict conservation and management requirements.

Magnuson-Stevens requires a similar process of science-based fisheries management for highly migratory species, including the tunas referenced in Proclamation 9496. In addition, Magnuson-Stevens provides that fishery management plans may include, among other measures, management measures to conserve target and non-target species and habitats, including measures to protect deep-sea corals.

A host of other laws enacted after the Antiquities Act provide specific protection for other plant and animal resources (including coral species) both within and outside the monument. These laws include the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. 703-712, the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, 16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee, the Refuge Recreation Act, 16 U.S.C. 460k et seq., the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., the Oil Pollution Act, 33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq., and Title I of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (Ocean Dumping Act), 33 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.

For example, the Endangered Species Act generally prohibits the taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered, and also generally ensures that Federal actions, including fisheries management, are not likely to jeopardize the existence of any such species.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act provides protections for marine mammals, and prohibits their take, subject to some exceptions. Numerous other statutes, including the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, and Ocean Dumping Act, address both land-based and ocean-based sources of pollution and help ensure that water quality continues to support plankton and other pelagic organisms.

After further consideration of the nature of the objects identified in Proclamation 9496 and the protection of those objects already provided by Magnuson-Stevens and other relevant law, I find that a prohibition on commercial fishing is not, at this time, necessary for the proper care and management of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, or the objects of historic or scientific interest therein.

WHEREAS, Proclamation 9496 of September 15, 2016, designated the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean and reserved approximately 4,913 square miles in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone for the care and management of objects of historic and scientific interest identified therein;

WHEREAS, I find that removing the restrictions on commercial fishing set forth in Proclamation 9496 to allow for well-regulated commercial fishing use is in the public interest and that the objects in the monument can be, and are currently, protected pursuant to carefully tailored regulation and management under existing Federal law:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, hereby proclaim that Proclamation 9496, which established the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, is amended as follows:

(1) in the section entitled “Prohibited Activities,” by deleting paragraph 6; and

(2) in the section entitled “Regulated Activities,” by deleting paragraph 5 and by re-designating paragraphs 6 and 7 as paragraphs 5 and 6, respectively.

Furthermore, nothing in paragraph 4 in the section entitled “Prohibited Activities” in Proclamation 9496 shall be deemed to apply to commercial fishing that is carried out in accordance with Magnuson-Stevens and other applicable laws, regulations, and requirements.

Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed to revoke, modify, or affect any withdrawal, reservation, or appropriation, other than the one created by Proclamation 9496.

Nothing in this proclamation shall change the management of the areas designated and reserved by Proclamation 9496, except as explicitly provided in this proclamation.

If any provision of this proclamation, including its application to a particular parcel of land, is held to be invalid, the remainder of this proclamation and its application to other parcels of land shall not be affected thereby.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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44 Responses to President Trump Holds Commercial Fishing Roundtable in Bangor, Maine – Video and Proclamation

  1. slowcobra says:

    Good for PDJT for remembering all the things the kenyan did to screw America. And for making America great again.

    Liked by 15 people

  2. MuncyPAon says:

    And Maine goes into the win column.

    Liked by 11 people

    • not sure about that

      Liked by 1 person

    • In 2016 DJT trailed the Hill-beast by about 22,000 votes. The Green Party and the Losertarian together siphoned off about 52,000 votes. Given incumbent advantage and lack of enthusiasm on the D side, Trump just might be the first R to win all of Maine since Bush the Elder.

      Liked by 1 person

    • PineoMan says:

      PDJT may take back the ME 2nd district, but the 1st district is heavily controlled by the Democrats. Susan Collins is in a fight for her political life at this momnent. Being a Rhino and NeverTrumper, she did not attend any of the events – the evernt in Guilford, ME at Puritan (swab company) was very telling. She’s a snail sliding down the razor. Her opponent is a complete lightweight. Susan has lost her mojo. In order to hold the Senate, I will hold my nose and vote for Senator Collins.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Harvey Lipschitz says:

    Set back to the legacy of the Snoopy Dynasty.

    Is sailing on the waters above the geological formation also in violation of greenie weenie headedness?

    Will antifa try to topple the Washington Monument?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. chancebarns says:

    Two new reports reveal nation’s progress in sustainably managing marine resources:

    https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/us-fishing-generated-more-than-200b-in-sales-in-2015-two-stocks-rebuilt-in-2016

    https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/sustainable-fisheries/fisheries-economics-united-states

    “In 2015, U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated a total of $208 billion in sales, and supported 1.6 million full-and part-time jobs.” (NOAA)

    “U.S. fisheries are big business,” said Samuel Rauch, acting assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “Sustainable management of our nation’s fisheries, supported by sound science, opens up economic opportunities to Americans along the supply chain – from buying bait at a local marina to enjoying a seafood dinner.” (NOAA)

    And then on September 15, 2016 Obama “fundamentally transformed” the industry, nearly destroying it!

    May God Bless the good men and women who can now return to the rich and rewarding life they knew before that jug-eared narcissist stole it from them!

    God Bless President Donald J. Trump! KAG 2020!!!

    Liked by 15 people

  5. Sue says:

    WOW! I can’t imagine how big the lobsters and crab are since they have had plenty of respite from the fishermen for several years!
    Plentiful and gigantic seafood about to be caught!

    Liked by 4 people

    • Merkin Muffley says:

      If the EU and Canada hasn’t already taken them.

      Liked by 9 people

      • Power_Cord says:

        This area is within the US EEZ. No one else should have been in there. I know the USCG used to patrol certain sections to catch those sneaky illegal fishermen of all nations. I spent a lot of my time on/over/around George’s Banks.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Merkin Muffley says:

    Coal miners were weeping when they went back to work because of deregulation. To many American workers in industries many of us never think about, Trump must be thought of as a saint.

    Liked by 14 people

  7. James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

    Collapse of Cod stocks along the eastern seaboard due to overfishing and temperature changes (both are contested claims) lowered quotas to the point that a pillar of NE fisheries was basically removed altogether.
    Stocks in waters off of Canada appear to be rebounding but even there, confidence in trajectory of recovery is tenuous.
    Today, most of the Cod in our “Fish & Chips” comes from Iceland and Russia.
    What, if anything, do Treehouse readers know about possible links between Trump’s Proclamation and American Cod?

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    • Harvey Lipschitz says:

      What did Obama know? Was he an economics and seafood production wizard of smarts?

      Liked by 4 people

    • msalicia56 says:

      You tell me- what is the answer?

      Like

    • Patchman2076 says:

      Tell us Mr. Know-it-all

      Liked by 2 people

    • doofusdawg says:

      Not a fan of long line fishing. I still won’t eat swordfish but understand they have come back. But I love me some cod… espectally at less that $10 per pound. Hopefully the market creates a balance.

      Liked by 1 person

    • H.R. says:

      Felix: “What, if anything, do Treehouse readers know about possible links between Trump’s Proclamation and American Cod?”

      I’m aware of the arguments for and against water temperature and overfishing as the reasons for the decline in cod stocks; the Cod Wars.

      From the proclamation (my bold):

      Magnuson-Stevens requires a similar process of science-based fisheries management for highly migratory species, including the tunas referenced in Proclamation 9496. In addition, Magnuson-Stevens provides that fishery management plans may include, among other measures, management measures to conserve target and non-target species and habitats, including measures to protect deep-sea corals.

      So the Cod Wars will now include the waters of the monument. That may or may not affect the cod rules. The ink is barely dry on the EO, so it is yet to be determined.

      That’s all there is to it.

      Liked by 2 people

      • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

        If I understand correctly, Cod are basically pelagic, they spend a good deal of their lives in the water column neither stuck to the bottom or the surface. But their life-cycle requirements _might_ depend on other regions of depth as well. Some methods of fishing can be very destructive, some very encompassing (with waste of “by-catch”).
        Biologists have yet to define the parameters and requirements of recovery though they have some pretty good leads. Hopefully the EO was crafted with Cod recovery (as well as other species) in mind.
        Full disclosure: I have long-lined and trawled in Alaskan waters as a deckhand in my mispent youth. Cod being one of my paychecks, Halibut another.
        And I simply adore a breakfast of boiled Cod with potatoes, washed down by black coffee.
        You can’t start the day better than that.

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    • oldguy05 says:

      I know nothing of the Cod rebounding. However I know I’m happy as it opens up Atlantic fisheries. I no longer eat Pacific seafood due to Fukushima and I love seafood!
      Thank You President Trump!
      Vote RED across the ballot in NOvember.
      Remove Every Democrat 2020!

      Liked by 4 people

  8. Dave Hunter says:

    Removing Obama’s legacy one Executive Order at a time.

    Liked by 11 people

  9. Clinton and Obama abused the Act to get around the National Park law. That requires listening to Congress, states and locals..They prefer the diktat.

    Wiki: “The Act states that areas of the monuments are to be confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” It is supposed to be used for discrete icons such as Indian ruins, not as a One-Man National Park law. Obaba created one “Monument” of nearly 600,000 square miles off Hawaii, a complete abuse which crippled fishing there, too.

    Clinton and Gore single-handedly put 1.35 million acres in UTAH’s Bear’s Ears off limits. They didn’t even have the guts to go to UTAH–they did it from the Grand Canyon. It was a pure Federal land-grab hated by Utahans. President Trump reduced it by 85%.

    He should do that in Maine and Hawaii, too.

    Liked by 6 people

  10. frances says:

    Impressive, looks like he saved Susan Collins bacon?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Not really, all she cares about are the dems in southern Maine who know nothing about life in Maine….transplants with trust funds.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Madi says:

        Yep , the liberals from Massachusetts are taking back the state of Maine one lot at the time. Most of us “the working class in Maine” pay taxes so the Snowflakes can enjoy latte, beaches, clean air and clean water.
        When I see the little genious walking , running , driving with a mask, I know they are Liberal

        Liked by 4 people

  11. msalicia56 says:

    We have been consumed with impeachment and then COVID and now left-wing insurrection.
    Today we get fantastic news on the economic front and President Trump does what he does best -goes to Maine and announces this Proclamation which will help rescue Maine’s fishing industry. This is very heartening.

    Liked by 8 people

  12. This is unbelievable..I can’t believe Potus went to Maine in the first place because there are so few people there, but to talk to the fisherman is just amazing. What a guy! One comment, though, the lobstermen make tons of money and they always claim poverty but their kids all go to very good colleges. It is a tough and dangerous job out on the North Atlantic but they make a lot of money.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Good! I’m very happy that lobstermen make “tons of money”; they earn it.
      Every time I east lobster, I thank God for creating lobstermen!

      Liked by 5 people

      • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

        The work is often hard. And it can take a life.
        You return to port regardless, sometimes exhausted and more or less in the hole, sometimes with a good paycheck.
        No “easy money” in fishing long term, that’s for sure.

        Liked by 1 person

  13. redline says:

    The whole thing was a good read, but this is my favorite line –

    “DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America”

    I never get tired of reading that, it just makes me smile every time I see it!

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Andy says:

    As an avid environmentalist, and Trump supporter, I STRONGLY disagree with this decision by the President.

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    • Barb Meier says:

      We all love our environment. Keep one thing in mind: Obama never did anything to help our environment. Everything he ever did was to hurt us and our fellow Americans.

      Liked by 1 person

    • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

      “As an avid environmentalist, and Trump supporter, I STRONGLY disagree with this decision by the President.”

      Andy- Please tell us why.

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  15. Gracie Garcia says:

    I’m a high plains kid so I don’t know beans about Maine fishing. But I have great confidence in Peter Navarro (who holds a PhD) and his staff. Also bear in mind the absurd over-reach of BHO.
    Finally, this President truly relishes rubbing shoulders with real working people. Glad to see him re-energized by getting out a holding positive events like this.
    High energy!

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Conservative_302 says:

    This modification is the essence of America first. People must be able to make a living and support their families.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. PJ Butler says:

    Wow, wild caught seafood by American fishermen soon at your neighbor Grocer. Well, maybe not by the Wally mart group.

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  18. PJ Butler says:

    Wow, wild caught seafood by American fishermen soon at your neighbor Grocer. Well, maybe not by the Wally mart group.

    Like

  19. Yogis_dad says:

    We’re upset about the Chinese communists developing islands in the South China Sea ar the same time the US asserts authority over submerged land and waters at the outer edge of the Georges Bank, clearly in international waters. Obama was just a real piece of work.

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  20. Power_Cord says:

    Obama signed this is 2016. There was a grandfather clause that said lobster and red crab can continue for seven years, or 2023. This change should have very little to do with anything.

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