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Hudson Canyon

Designate the Ecologically Diverse Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is considering Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary. The designation process kicked off with a 60 day comment period running until August 8th. This is a once in a generation opportunity to support marine conservation and deepen the connection of the more than 28 million residents of New York and New Jersey to our treasured ocean resources.

Sea Anemone and crabs photographed in Hudson Canyon by NOAA’s 2021 ROV Shakedown expedition.

About Hudson Canyon

Hudson Canyon is the largest submarine canyon along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and rivals the depth and scale of the Grand Canyon. This important habitat supports a remarkable abundance and diversity of marine wildlife, (leviathan whales, endangered sea turtles, majestic sharks and tunas, colorful coldwater corals). Many local and commercial fisheries depend on the species that spawn in and around the Canyon.

The Hudson Canyon. Map courtesy of NOAA

By designating the Hudson Canyon a National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA would be advancing community-led conservation of nationally significant marine wildlife and their habitat, while also providing research and STEM education opportunities. Sanctuary designation has an opportunity to provide a wide range of benefits for New York and New Jersey residents and for the diversity of marine wildlife in Atlantic waters.

Make Your Voice Heard

There will be a series of public hearings which are listed below. NOAA has also launched a 60-day comment period and is asking the public for input on what makes Hudson Canyon special, what resources could be protected through a designation, and other issues and information that should be considered in the agency’s resource analysis. The comment deadline is August 8, 2022 — please sign our petition to show your support!

Virtual Public Hearings:
June 23 / 3-5pm Register here
August 3 / 5-7pm Register here

In-Person Hearings:
July 19 / 6:30-8:00pm: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, Naval Officers Room, 1 Bowling Green, NY, NY
July 21 / 6:30-8:00pm: Monmouth University, Urban Coast Institute, Edison Building Atrium – E201, 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ

Additional Information

Wildlife Conservation Society: WCS Hudson Canyon page
NOAA: Proposed Designation of Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary