The City of Gloucester has joined fishing stakeholders opposing conservationist efforts to permanently restrict fishing access to Cashes Ledge and an area south of Georges Bank that includes three deep canyons and four seamounts to create the Atlantic seaboard’s first marine national monument.

In her letter read into the record Tuesday night at a NOAA-hosted town meeting in Providence to discuss the issue, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken stated the city’s objections to designate the deep sea canyons and seamounts — and Cashes Ledge — as a national monument.

“We have learned over the years to take a balanced perspective on issues, to make sure to have researched all the facts, and to include the public in our decisions,” Romeo Theken wrote. “It is from this perspective that I write in opposition to the Conservation Law Foundation-organized proposal for a national monument.”

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