Target: U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Council
Goal: Stop the practice of overfishing, threatening the grouper and snapper fish populations
In U.S. waters, off the coast of Puerto Rico, snapper and grouper fish populations are increasingly becoming more vulnerable to overfishing, a practice that removes marine organisms from the environment at a level that is not sustainable. This usually occurs during specific times of the year, when these fish come together to reproduce in special ocean areas. This practice, known as spawning aggregation, makes them very vulnerable for capture. Furthermore, to make matters even worse, the warming of the oceans due to climate change is slowly destroying their natural coral habitat, ultimately resulting in even steeper declines in the overall fish population.
This is problematic because the snapper and grouper are vital to the sustainability of the local Puerto Rican communities, which largely rely on the fish as a source of food and income. In order to maintain the health of these populations and to protect the local fishing economy, the marine habitat and its resources must be better managed and protected. Fishing in spawning aggregation areas should also be restricted in particular regions of Puerto Rico.
By signing this petition, you are urging the U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Council to take action to protect these vulnerable fish, as well as the surrounding coral reef habitats. Specifically, three sites off of western Puerto Rico (Abrir la Sierra, Bajo de Sico, and Tourmaline) are largely overfished and should be regulated. This is the only way to guarantee a future for the fish populations, as well as the local economy.
Dear U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Council,
Due to unregulated overfishing, the snapper and grouper fish populations in Puerto Rico are declining at an alarming rate. To make matters even worse, their marine habitat is also slowly being destroyed by climate disruption. This poses a threat to both the marine ecosystem of the surrounding area, as well as the local Puerto Rican communities, which rely on the fish for food and other resources.
I urge you to take the necessary measures to protect the coral reef habitats and to ensure that the fish populations are sustainable. In order to do so, it is vital that you take action to regulate fishing, specifically, in three sites off of western Puerto Rico (Abrir la Sierra, Bajo de Sico, and Tourmaline), where overfishing is a common practice.
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