Reimplement Protection for Vulnerable Fish Populations in the South Atlantic

Target: National Marine Fisheries Service

Goal: Reimplement protection for snappers and groupers in the South Atlantic.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it will remove the snapper-grouper closure in the South Atlantic, which serves to protect these vulnerable fish populations from overfishing. To make matters worse, the NMFS did not announce any plans to implement alternative protective measures. It is imperative that protective laws are put in place to prevent further depletion of these deepwater fish species.

The 240-foot (40-fathom) snapper-grouper closure in the South Atlantic was established at the beginning of 2011 after the government declared that a simple prohibition on catch of these species would not be sufficient to end overfishing problems. These specific fish populations are long-lived and slow growing, so their populations are hugely impacted by aggressive commercial fishing methods. The snappers and groupers have a scientifically assigned catch limit of 0, reflecting the importance of allowing their long-depleted populations to recover.

By eliminating the fishing prohibition, the National Marine Fisheries Service risks depleting fish stocks beyond their ability to recover, causing immense future problems for the fishing industry. Instead, if the National Marine Fisheries Service implements proper management measures to ensure speckled hind and warsaw grouper are not continuously subject to overfishing, the populations could reach an acceptable level for fishing in upcoming years.

Sign the petition below to make it clear to the National Marine Fisheries Service that removing the snapper-grouper closure in the South Atlantic is ignoring the protective measures required by law and supported by science. Join marine conservation activists insisting on the creation of alternative protective measures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Rick DeVictor, National Marine Fishing Service Snapper-Grouper Closure Contact Person,

I am writing to express my deep disappointment in your organization’s decision to remove the snapper-grouper closure in the South Atlantic. The prohibition is extremely important, as it serves to protect these vulnerable fish populations from overfishing. To make matters worse, the NMFS has not announced any plans to implement alternative protective measures. It is imperative that protective laws are put in place to prevent further depletion of these deepwater fish species.

Snappers and groupers have a scientifically assigned catch limit of 0, reflecting the importance of allowing their long-depleted populations to recover. By eliminating the fishing prohibition, you risk depleting fish stocks beyond their ability to recover, causing immense future problems for the fishing industry. Instead, if the National Marine Fisheries Service implements proper management measures to ensure speckled hind and warsaw grouper are not continuously subject to overfishing, the populations could reach an acceptable level for fishing in upcoming years.

Removing the snapper-grouper closure in the South Atlantic is ignoring the protective measures required by law and supported by science. I urge you to think of the future of the fish and the future of the fishing industry by reimplementing the snapper-grouper closure in the South Atlantic or create alternative protective measures.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. We must leave nature alone.

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