Due to high levels of public interest, the deadline for public comments was extended until August 14, 2017.
More than 425 million acres of shipwrecks, coral reefs, beautiful beaches, and underwater habitats are threatened by a review of marine sanctuaries and monuments. The President ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to review any action taken since 2007 that expanded or established a marine sanctuary or national monument. Eleven areas fall under this category. Some, like Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, could be reduced in size. Thunder Bay, located on Lake Huron in Michigan, is home to 116 shipwrecks that are of great interest to divers and researchers.
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