Resolution Supporting Thunder Bay Sanctuary
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:18:08 EST
State Senator Jim Stamas recently introduced a resolution (November 28th), supporting the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and opposing any reduction in its boundaries.
Stamas said, “As one of 14 U.S. marine protected areas and the only one in the Great Lakes, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves our history and provides a significant boost to our economy.” He went on to say that the resolution would send a message that maintaining the current boundaries of the Thunder Bay sanctuary is important.
As previously reported, the Trump Administration ordered a review of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments, including the Thunder Bay Sanctuary, that have been designated or expanded since 2007.
The Stamas Resolution states that recreational activity associated with the sanctuary has provided 92 million dollars in annual sales, 35.8 million dollars in personal income to residents of coastal cities located near the sanctuary and 1,704 jobs.
The resolution has been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee for consideration.
PHOTO: State Senator Jim Stamas