Congressional opposition seems to be growing against the method -- if not necessarily the intent -- of the conservationist effort to create the first marine national monument on the Atlantic seaboard.

The conservationists' proposal, which implores President Obama to use executive decree in the form of the Antiquities Act to unilaterally create a marine national monument off the coast of Massachusetts in the Gulf of Maine seems to have raised some populist hackles.

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said the Salem Democrat believes "any decisions about the future of the Gulf of Maine need to be reached in a collaborative process that includes all stakeholders, including the commonwealth's fishermen."

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