Preserve Georges Bank|    -     Renew the Moratorium
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Less than less than 1 percent of the estimated 85.88 billion barrels of undiscovered oil off the shores of the United States lies in the North Atlantic region, which covers 92.4 million acres off the coast from New Jersey to Maine. This Gulf of Maine region and specifically Georges Bank, is home to thousands of marine plant and animal species and is the spawning ground for large lobster and herring fisheries.

Despite pressure from oil companies to explore and drill there, Georges Bank has been subjected to an oil and gas moratorium for 26 years, in both the U.S. (80%) and Canadian (20%) portions. The Canadian moratorium expires in 2012, with a legislated mandate to announce an assessment method by early 2010.

In early February, The Georges bank Preservation Act was re-introduced in Congress. It bans oil and gas development in coastal US waters, including the fragile Georges Bank.

This web sponsored by the NoRigs3 Coalition and is designed as a resource for those wanting more information about Georges Bank and the upcoming decisions about the U.S. and Canadian moratoria. 

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Organizations supporting NoRigs3
Acadian Fish Processors Ltd.
Atksym Fisheries Limited
Charlesville Fisheries Ltd.
Ecology Action Centre
Eskasoni First Nation
Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council
Inshore Fisheries Ltd.
Lobster Fishing Area 33 Committee
Lobster Fishing Area 34 Committee
Make n Break Fisheries
Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council
Membertou First Nation
NCH Fisheries Ltd.
Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association
Nova Scotia Fixed Gear 45-65 Society
Nova Scotia Swordfishermen's Association
Potlotek First Nation
Sable Fish Packers (1988) Limited
Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association
Scotia Harvest Seafoods Inc.
Scotia Quota Inc.
Sea Star Seafoods Limited
Seafood Producers Asociation of Nova Scotia
Shelburne County Quota Group
South West Nova Tuna Assocition
Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources
Wagmatcook First Nation
Waycobah First Nation
Xsealent Seafood Company



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