Stop Trump’s Attack on Vital Marine Ecosystems

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Do not threaten marine environments by allowing commercial fishing and shrinking the size of our ocean monuments.

Three vast marine monuments and the vital ecosystems they contain are now under threat, as secretary of the interior Ryan Zinke has recommended they be drastically reduced to allow more commercial fishing. Experts say that these protected areas are home to unique ecosystems, and this move will threaten what the Fish and Wildlife Service calls “the last refugia for fish and wildlife species rapidly vanishing from the remainder of the planet.” Conservationists also fear that it could open the door to other dangerous activities, such as seabed mining or drilling for oil.

The monuments at risk are the Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll in the south Pacific, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Together these monuments comprise of an area over three times the size of California, and are home to endangered species including corals, sea turtles, giant clams, dolphins, and whales — the North Atlantic right whale in particular has seen a worrisome drop in population, and migrates through regions that are now under threat. This dangerous attack on our environment and sea life is intended to help the fishing industry, but ecologists argue that the industry has not been hindered by the protection of these key ecosystems, citing the vast increase in tuna caught off of Hawaii in the past 10 years. Sign below to demand that this unnecessary removal of protections for ocean monuments be prevented.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

The preservation and protection of sea life and the critically important ecosystems housed in our ocean monuments must be a priority. The Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts all contain unique ecosystems and endangered marine life, and cannot be stripped of their area or of their protections from commercial fishing.

According to ecologists, preserving these monuments does no harm to the fishing industry or to the economy. As Robert Richmond of the University of Hawaii states, “These monuments are like bank accounts, whereby the fishing industry can live off the interest, which is the reproductive output of the protected areas. Invalidating this management is nothing short of irresponsible and flies in the face of best science.” It would be a short-term gain for the industry that would be hugely detrimental in the long-term.

Additionally, reducing the size of these monuments and their protections could further damage the environment by acting as a precursor to drilling and seabed mining. As the president, it is your responsibility to prevent this attack on our marine environments, on our endangered species, and the long-term well-being of marine industries. I urge you preserve our ocean monuments.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kydd Pollock – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region

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6 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    save our oceans now! we cannot swim in polluted oceans.

  2. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    It seems me more and more that the Donald duck has been a big pest into its own country, isn’t it?
    Is there a pesticide against this?
    Certainly an eco-friendly…

  3. Trump is attacking everything that is good and beneficial for all of us.

    Remember the old adage, “the extinction of one is the extinction of the other.” One day, the other could be us.

  4. Never give up! Fight all authority that displays clearly a lack of intelligence! It is your duty of vote them out!

  5. PROTECT THE GREAT MARINE LIFE AND OCEANS FROM OIL EXPLORATION NOW.

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