Protect Endangered Fish in the Atlantic from Overfishing

Target: National Marine Fisheries Service

Goal: Prevent the extinction of two species of fish in the Atlantic Ocean.

Recently, the National Marine Fisheries Service decided to allow fishing in areas where certain groupers gather to reproduce. These areas were previously protected, and by opening them up, the NMFS has subjected these groupers to guaranteed extinction. Fishing in these waters must return to being off limits in order to save the groupers from destruction.

Both the Speckled hind and Warsaw grouper are types of fish that are especially susceptible to over-fishing, meaning that they are more in need of human protection. They have long life spans and grow slowly, meaning that for every grouper that gets hunted, it takes a long time to replace them in the ecosystem.  Groupers also mate in consistent, specific location in large groups, making them easy targets for fishermen.

The population of groupers in the Atlantic are vital to the balance of the ecosystem, and these species of groupers have already been identified as endangered. Without protection, they may not last long on their own. The National Marine Fisheries Service must replace their restrictions on grouper territory, and reverse their actions that could lead to the extinction of these vital animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear National Marine Fisheries Service,

You must reverse your decision to lift restrictions on fishing in the waters between North Carolina and Florida. That stretch of ocean is home to the Speckled hind and Warsaw grouper, a species of fish that has been declared endangered. Unless they are protected, they are in danger of extinction due to over-fishing.

The groupers in that area have long life spans and grow slowly, meaning that for every grouper that gets hunted, it takes a long time to replace them in the ecosystem.  Groupers also mate in consistent, specific locations in large groups, making them easy targets for fishermen. In order to preserve the balance of the ocean, these groupers must remain prevalent in their habitats, and in order for that to happen, their habitats must be off limits to fishermen.

Please, I urge you– protect the groupers. Control the fishing between North Carolina and Florida. Take action to defend the natural way of life in the ocean, and the grouper’s survival.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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