Stop Destructive Fishing Practices in Long Island Sound

Target: Commissioner Katie Dykes, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Goal: Preserve Long Island Sound’s fragile marine ecosystems.

Long Island Sound, a vital marine ecosystem off the coast of Connecticut, is facing a severe threat due to unsustainable fishing practices. Overfishing, bycatch, and habitat degradation are depleting marine populations, disrupting the delicate balance of this ecosystem, and endangering the livelihoods of local fishermen.

The indiscriminate use of fishing gear and the absence of adequate regulations have led to the unintended capture of non-target species, resulting in substantial bycatch and collateral damage to marine life. Additionally, the absence of size and bag limits for certain species has allowed for excessive harvesting, further compromising the health of the Sound.

This environmental degradation endangers local communities dependent on fishing, harms the marine biodiversity crucial for the region’s tourism, and jeopardizes the ecological integrity of Long Island Sound. Urgent action is needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of this invaluable resource.

Sign the petition below to demand the immediate implementation of sustainable fishing regulations and the enforcement of bycatch mitigation measures in Long Island Sound. Let us protect this vital marine ecosystem for future generations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Dykes,

The future of Long Island Sound, a remarkable marine ecosystem, hangs in the balance due to unsustainable fishing practices. Overfishing, bycatch, and habitat degradation threaten to irreparably harm this valuable resource.

We urge you to take decisive action to implement and enforce sustainable fishing regulations in Long Island Sound. By doing so, we can safeguard the delicate balance of marine life, preserve the livelihoods of local fishermen, and ensure the Sound’s role as a natural wonder that sustains our communities and supports tourism.

The absence of regulations and unchecked fishing practices must end. We call on you to prioritize the preservation of Long Island Sound by implementing strict size and bag limits, promoting responsible fishing practices, and rigorously enforcing bycatch mitigation measures.

The time for action is now, and we implore you to act swiftly to ensure the health and vitality of Long Island Sound for generations to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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