Target: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Goal: Applaud ban on cod fishing in Maine
A recent ban implemented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has resulted in the prohibition of cod fishing. The ban prevents all fishermen, whether they be commercial or recreational, to trawl or use certain large nets to catch cod for six months in Maine. NOAA stated concern for the future of cod and implemented the ban to ensure that these fish populations do not disappear. While it is unfortunate that many fishermen are out of jobs for the time being, the organization should be applauded for looking out for the well being of the cod.
According to data gathered by NOAA, cod fish are only at three to four percent of the required level to keep their populations stable. Fishermen are disagreeing, stating that NOAA’s method for gathering data about cod fish is flawed. There are a great variety of cod fish living in Maine, and each variety lives in different areas. Instead of examining each area and system separately, the NOAA examined cod fish as a whole. Although fishermen claim that the organization’s numbers are skewed, NOAA is firm in its convictions that all cod, regardless of area, must be protected equally.
The ban will be in effect until May 2015. While marine biologists and fishermen have been monitoring cod fish for 40 years, this is the most drastic ban on cod fishing that has ever been implemented. Even if the fishermen believe that NOAA has incorrectly conducted its survey, there is a plethora of studies on marine wildlife that state that cod are in danger. It is unfortunate that fishermen are out of jobs, but the cod fish, along with other marine life, need to be protected from overfishing. Sign this petition and applaud the NOAA for preserving the cod fish.
Dear Dr. Sullivan,
Recently NOAA issued a ban on cod fishing in Maine, preventing any sort of commercial or recreational fishing. While this move has devastated numerous fishermen in the area, I am grateful that the administration issued this ban. Fish are suffering greatly from climate change and the acidification of the ocean as well as overfishing. Even if fishermen disagree with the move, there is strong evidence to suggest that many species of fish are in need of intervention.
I wish to express my thanks for this move. I also hope that your administration works with the fishermen of Maine to help them find work. Instead of fishing, these men could clear the waste and other debris found in our oceans until this ban has been lifted. That way these fishermen will be able to work and our oceans will be kept clean and healthy for the unique ecosystems living there.
[Your Name Here]
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