Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Support action to stop illegal fishing and protect our oceans for future generations
President Obama recently announced an initiative at the “Our Ocean” environmental conference held by Secretary of State John Kerry that will promote the end of seafood fraud and illegal fishing in the U.S. The initiative will create a program designed to develop more transparency in the seafood industry, so illegal fish can be effectively kept out of the market.
Illegal fishing is not only a devastating environmental issue, the economy also suffers when illegal fish are sold in the market. This practice undermines U.S. fisheries and stocks related to the industry around the world. Fish that are not legally caught also aren’t regulated by the standards that fisheries are typically held to. Fishing regulations prevent harmful environmental effects that overfishing can cause, among other things.
Seafood fraud refers to fish that are purposefully mislabeled—a way to sell illegal fish under different packaging. Because the supply of seafood is often a complicated chain of trading, large amounts of fish acquired illegally make it onto the market and are sold to consumers. Obama’s necessary seafood initiative will hopefully prevent this dishonest practice from continuing in the U.S.
Responsible fishing is vital to the health of the oceans, and consumers deserve to eat fish acquired by legally and environmentally sound means. Please sign the petition below in order to support President Obama’s initiative that will ensure that the American seafood industry remains safe and transparent.
Dear President Obama,
The seafood and illegal fishing initiative you recently introduced at the “Our Ocean” conference is a positive step toward ensuring that environmental and financial standards are maintained in the seafood industry. Seafood fraud and illegal fishing should not be tolerated, and when illegal fish are sold on the market, profits end up supporting these illegal practices.
Mislabeled fish is unsafe, unethical, and dupes consumers into supporting illegal fishing. Developing a system that prevents this from occurring is necessary to maintain the integrity of the seafood industry. Likewise, illegal fishing undermines the seafood industry and may harm businesses that follow proper fishing regulations that protect the environment from over-fishing.
For numerous economic and environmental reasons, we support your initiative to develop transparency in the seafood supply chain. It is important that trading standards are improved upon to prevent the sale of illegally caught or mislabeled fish in the U.S. We look forward to seeing the results of a program that addresses these issues.
[Your Name Here]
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