Ban Commercial Fishing in Marine Sanctuary


Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Ban fishing in the Pacific Remote Islands

U.S. President Barack Obama recently proposed an expansion of the existing marine monuments surrounding seven remote islands in the central Pacific. The proposal would help to create the largest marine sanctuary in the world—an area of 782,000 square miles reserved for the protection of reefs, underwater mountains, aquatic mammals and fish that reside in the ocean. However, while this is an amazing step toward sea conservation, President Obama does not plan to ban commercial fishing practices in these waters at the request of the U.S. Tuna Fleet, sport fishermen and underwater mining industries.

Unfortunately, this could severely affect the marine ecosystems of the Pacific Remote Islands. According to National Geographic explorer Dr. Enric Sala, the water surrounding this area is the closest thing to a pristine ocean that currently exists on our planet. Sport fishing, however, removes important aquatic specimens, such as tuna, from the habitat. Thus, a ban on fishing is necessary in order to preserve the water’s current state. Not to mention, doing so would only inflict a three percent loss on the U.S. tuna fleet—a small sacrifice to ensure the future of a pristine marine ecosystem.

Urge President Obama to say no to fishing and guarantee the preservation of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. This is the only way to ensure that the marine wildlife that feed, breed and live in the area are protected.


Dear President Obama,

Your proposal to expand the boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles would create the largest protected marine sanctuary in the world—an area that will be four times the size of California, reserved specifically for the conservation of coral reefs, fish, underwater mountains and marine mammals.

According to National Geographic explorer Dr. Enric Sala, the islands and its surrounding waters are among the world’s healthiest ocean habitats—no other marine ecosystem comes close. As such, this area needs to be fully protected in order to ensure that it stays at its present condition.

I urge you to ban sport and commercial fishing practices in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. These industries threaten the important species that currently reside in these pristine waters. Please take the proper action in order to ensure that this area remains untouched.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: via Magnus Manske via Wikimedia Commons

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