Support Funding for Marine Sanctuaries

Target: US Congress

Goal: Continue to fund important ocean conservation program

The National Marine Sanctuary Program has been doing some great work to protect and conserve some key aquatic areas in America. However, with budget concerns looming, the fate of this program hangs in uncertainty, and efforts to preserve the ocean may soon be undone. Due to the importance of our oceans to the global ecosystem, Congress must place more importance on this program and continue its funding.

Recently, the National Marine Sanctuary Program expanded the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary by about 14,000 square miles. Located near a volcano in American Samoa, this coral reef sanctuary was once the smallest sanctuary in the entire program. It also expanded to include the Rose Atoll, the southernmost part of America and home to many endangered species. Without the work of the National Marine Sanctuary Program, these important marine areas would not be protected, and those essential habitats could have been lost.

Marine sanctuaries play a huge part in increasing the overall welfare of the ocean. According to the Marine Conservation Institute, “In an ocean choked by debris, threatened by acidification, and intensely overfished, protected areas such as the sanctuaries dramatically improve biodiversity and increase resiliency.” By limiting the areas in which humans can interfere, the ocean has a better chance of thriving and continuing to flourish. With continued funding from Congress, the National Marine Sanctuary Program can go on with their tireless efforts to maintain and conserve the ecology of the ocean, and make the world a better place.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear US Congress,

The National Marine Sanctuary Program is in danger of losing its funding. This institution does countless positive things for the state of the ocean, and if it is disbanded, all its work could be reversed. I insist that you fully support the National Marine Sanctuary Program, so that it may continue to preserve and protect the ocean.

Marine Sanctuaries limit human interference in key areas that have been deemed important either culturally or biologically. These areas protect essential habitats for many endangered species, and their conservation is important for future generations of animals and humans alike. You have the power to protect our oceans. Continue funding the National Marine Sanctuary Program and give the world’s oceans a fighting chance to be preserved for many years to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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