Target: Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Eileen Sobeck
Goal: Demand that the threatened dusky shark receive federal protection to prevent the species’ extinction.
The dusky shark is an interesting shark species that has faced many threats over the years. With an extreme decline in population, many activists and conservationists have fought for the dusky shark to be listed as an endangered species. Yet, the National Marine Fisheries Service has refused to put the dusky shark on the endangered species list.
Many different threats have affected the dusky shark’s population, contributing to an estimated 85 percent decline. These sharks have been targeted out of fear because of their large size. However, there have not been many confirmed attacks on humans as it is believed that other shark species were mistaken for the dusky shark. Dusky sharks are also targeted by commercial fisheries for their fins, skin, liver oil, and meat. Other sharks are injured or killed when they become bycatch.
The National Marine Fisheries Service recognized the problems surrounding the decline in population of the dusky shark and were considering to list it as an endangered species. However, a recent decision denied the dusky shark the much needed protection it requires for survival.
This shark species has been severely exploited by humans and now deserves protection. By signing the petition below you will be helping to protect the population of the dusky shark by asking the National Marine Fisheries service to reconsider its decision and list it as an endangered species.
Dear Ms. Sobeck,
Sharks have been unfairly exploited, threatening the populations of many different shark species. The dusky shark is an example of only one of these species. Over the last few years, this shark’s population has declined by an estimated 85 percent.
The dusky shark has been targeted for several different reasons. Sometimes they are killed out of fear as many people believe they are a threat to humans because of their size. However, there are very few incidences of dusky shark attacks on humans. The dusky shark is also subject to commercialized fishing, being caught for their skin, liver oil, and flesh.
The consequences of this exploitation and overfishing have become very obvious, however, this species still remains unprotected. While the National Marine Fisheries Service considered listing this shark, the decision was not followed through. I urge you to reconsider this decision and implement real protections for the dusky shark by listing it under the Endangered Species Act.
[Your Name Here]
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