Supporting Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:06:35 EST

State lawmakers recently introduced a resolution to express support for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and oppose any reduction of its boundaries.

Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce submitted a report reviewing all designations and expansions of national marine sanctuaries within the past ten years. Under the executive order, implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, which would change the boundaries of certain marine sanctuaries for the purposes of oil drilling, the president has directed the review of the budgetary impacts of the costs of managing the sanctuaries.

The resolution is an effort to protect and preserve Northeast Michigan’s maritime heritage would also secure these economic benefits to the region.

The committee unanimously approved of the resolution, which has no legal significance. It is only an expression on how a particular group feels about an issue.


PHOTO (From Left to Right): Jesse Osmer, Legislative Director for Representative Allor, Sandra Clark, Director of the Michigan History Center; Carol Shafto, Chair of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and Friends of Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary board member; and Michael Beaulac, with the Office of the Great Lakes.


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