Gov. Paul LePage has written to President Obama opposing a move to protect Cashes Ledge, an area in the Gulf of Maine about 75 miles off the coast of Wells, which the governor says will hurt business.

According to the letter released by the governor’s office, LePage has heard that the White House is “actively exploring” new areas including Cashes Ledge and other underseas canyons in the Gulf of Maine for national monument status, and he says he wanted to voice his opposition to both the project itself and the process of selecting national monuments.

“These National Monuments serve only one purpose – excluding commercial fishing activity from certain segments of the ocean,” Gov. LePage wrote in his letter, saying that the regulations would hurt offshore lobstermen. “These types of designations harm working Mainers the most.”

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