Save the Blobfish

Target: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig

Goal: Prevent harmful trawling in the waters where blobfish reside.

Trawling nets off of the Australian and Tasmanian coasts are turning up more than their desired catch. Beyond their expected catch, these nets are also victimizing a strange creature with a face like a deflated human’s known as the blobfish (official name psychr.olutes marcidus). Sign the below petition to protect this endangered and unusual creature.

The blobfish inhabits the deepest waters off Australia and Tasmania. It gets its name by virtue of its peculiar body structure, a product of the environment in which it resides. Because they live at a depth where traditional swim-bladders would be inefficient for maintaining buoyancy, the fish is heavily made up of gelatinous tissue slightly less dense than the surrounding water. It consequently has very little muscle mass, instead living primarily by swallowing any edible matter that floats by.

This manner of existence has made the blobfish extremely vulnerable to bottom trawling. These fish have become a frequent bycatch (an undesirable and unintended result of fishing for something else) of bottom-trawling nets. They are considered inedible and of no use to the trawlers that have been killing them at an ever increasing rate. It is an unfortunate fact that these fish were not even recognized as a unique species until trawlers started dragging dead blobfish to the surface.

This animal simply does not have the physical capacity to protect itself. Unlike most marine animals that have some ability to avoid trawler nets, any blobfish in the vicinity is sure to be caught and killed. Australian and Tasmanian fleets must adapt their trawling practices so as to prevent the blobfish from becoming a victim. These animals must be protected before they are rendered extinct by indiscriminate trawling.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Ludwig,

Trawlers that drag nets off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania frequently kill far more than just their intended catch. This fishing industry equivalent to collateral damage is termed “bycatch” and is a very real problem. One particular victim is especially vulnerable, the psychrolutes marcidus - more commonly known as the blobfish. The blobfish’s primary habitat is among the deepest waters off of the Australian and Tasmanian coasts. It’s name stems from the fish’s peculiar body structure, which is a product of the environment in which it resides. Living at a depth where traditional swim-bladders would be inefficient for maintaining buoyancy, the fish is heavily made up of gelatinous tissue slightly less dense than the surrounding water. It consequently has very little muscle mass, instead living primarily by swallowing any edible matter as it floats by.

It is this unique physical makeup which has left the blobfish extremely vulnerable to bottom trawling. These fish have become a frequent bycatch of bottom-trawling nets dragged across their habitat. They are considered inedible and of no use to the trawlers, yet are being killed at an ever increasing rate. It is an unfortunate fact that these fish were not even recognized as a unique species until trawlers started dragging dead blobfish to the surface.

As this animal lacks the sufficient physical makeup to protect itself, it must fall to the Australian and Tasmanian governments to take action. Australian and Tasmanian fleets must adapt their trawling practices so as to prevent the blobfish from becoming a victim. These animals must be protected before they are rendered extinct by indiscriminate trawling.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Sign the Petition

  • Your email will not be published. By signing you accept the ForceChange terms of service and may receive updates on this and related petitions.

Facebook Comments

comments

3 Comments

  1. ban all supertrawlers now.

  2. J Davidson says:

    Trawling is destructive to all of marine life and must be discontinued.

  3. Sue Griffiths says:

    I’s ugly but it has the right to live.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Signatures

  • Jasmine Burke
  • Caelan Lancaster
  • James Craker
  • alper arslan
  • jez & taylor
  • Jane Ashcroft
  • Rebecca Sullivan
  • Sophie Strassmann
1 of 96123...96