Congressman Serrano Applauds NOAA Decision Including Hudson Canyon in Inventory For National Marine Sanctuary Designation
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Serrano today applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) inclusion of the Hudson Canyon in its inventory of sites being considered for National Marine Sanctuary status. The inclusion was a result of the advocacy efforts of local elected officials, including Congressman Serrano; private sector stakeholders; and environmental groups. The coalition’s efforts will now focus on NOAA’s sanctuary designation process, which includes public engagement and input opportunities to craft regulations that will protect this natural resource.
“As someone who has made environmental renewal and preservation in urban areas a priority as a member of Congress during the past two decades, I am thrilled that the Hudson Canyon has been placed into the inventory of sites being considered for designation as a National Marine Sanctuary. This is an important step forward in preserving this natural wonder. Although not widely known, the Hudson Canyon is larger than the Grand Canyon and houses diverse marine wildlife crucial to the quality of New York’s environment and local economy. Its designation as a National Marine Sanctuary will help ensure its resources are utilized in a sustainable manner and protect its biodiversity so that our local population and visitors can enjoy the beauty and bounty of this marine treasure for generations to come,” said Congressman Serrano.
This past November, Congressman Serrano led a letter signed by 13 Members of Congress in support of the including the Hudson Canyon in NOAA’s inventory of sites being considered for National Marine Sanctuary status.
Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is the most senior Member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.