Reform America’s Most Wasteful Fisheries

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Target: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Goal: Stop american fisheries from needlessly wasting and killing thousands of fish and other sea creatures each year

Recently, nine American fisheries have been named the most wasteful fisheries in the country. Nearly half of the wasted fish dumped back into the ocean can be traced back to these nine fisheries. Although these fisheries contribute half of America’s wasted fish, they only account for 7 percent of the fish and seafood brought back to port to be sold. They not only account for an enormous amount of waste, they are also responsible for killing and injuring thousands of other sea life such as sharks, sea turtles and dolphins.

By-catch is a term used by the fishing industry which means unwanted fish or other sea life that get caught in the fisheries’s trawls, nets and longlines. The issue with by-catch is that it severely diminishes the number of fish stocks in the ocean and threatens the global food supply. A solution involving selective fishing gear was implemented in the year 2005 and showed positive signs of a decreasing amount of by-catch by 2010. But the nine fisheries named as the most wasteful in America continued to use equipment that inflicts dangerous side effects towards ocean and marine life.

Although the American fishing industry has made some improvements over the years regarding this issue, waste still remains a problem. Due to the nine most wasteful fisheries and their uncooperativeness in switching to selective fishing gear, millions of fish are still needlessly being wasted and dumped back into the ocean. Sign this petition and demand more effective solutions to this issue.


Dear National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,

It has come to my attention that the nine most wasteful fisheries in America have finally been named. I also understand that they continue to use equipment that inflicts dangerous side-effects not only towards fish, but other ocean and marine life as well.

Despite the fact that many other american fisheries have begun using selective fishing gear, the nine most wasteful fisheries still continue to use their wasteful methods. Nearly half of the country’s wasted fish can be traced back to these nine fisheries. Their equipment and methods needlessly endanger more ocean life than necessary and could deplete the amount of fish in the ocean.

In order to stop the wasteful dumping of fish by these nine fisheries, more efforts must be made. I urge you to implement a stronger solution that will guarantee the cooperation of these wasteful fisheries.


[Your Name Here]

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