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Trump allows commercial fishing in marine conservation area

By PATRICK WHITTLE and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump has rolled back protections at a marine conservation area off the New England coast.

He signed an order Friday to allow commercial fishing in a stretch of water environmentalists say is critical for endangered right whales and other fragile marine life.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the New England coast was the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean, and one of just five marine monuments altogether.

The conservation area comprises 5,000 square miles east of Cape Cod that contains vulnerable species of marine life such as endangered right whales and fragile deep sea corals.

Environmental groups vowed to push back against the president's actions.

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