Target: Professor Jonathan Woon-chung Wong, Chairman of Hong Kong’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries
Goal: Avert potential extinction of various grouper fish species
Out of 163 species of grouper found in the world, 20 are now threatened species. Roughly 3.6 million grouper are eaten each year in Hong Kong – which is only a fifth of total grouper sold annually in Chinese Markets. These figures pertain only to live fish. Grouper can take over ten years to reach reproductive age, which puts them in severe danger for over-fishing. In 2009, 275,00 tons of grouper were fished worldwide – a figure that only increases as time goes on.
Grouper can sell for over fifty dollars per kilogram, making it a desirable catch for fisherman. Yet this trend cannot continue: Grouper have an incredibly slow life cycle, and overfishing has already put a substantial percentage of grouper species at risk, with another thirteen percent of Grouper species on the ‘near-threatened’ list. Without proper control and regulation regarding the catching limit and distribution of these fish, they could face rapid extinction.
As fishing is a huge global industry, overfishing does not only pose a a serious threat to these species, but also to global economy. As species go extinct, a large portion of the fishing trade may collapse. Sign this petition to urge the chairman of Hong Kong’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries to work hand in hand with fishing companies and markets to limit the overfishing and sale of endangered species.
Dear Professor Jonathan Woon-Chung Wong,
Overfishing of Grouper has put twenty species on the threatened species list, with another thirteen percent of overall Grouper species on the near-threatened list. As global catching of grouper has reached an excess of 275,00 tons a year, and 3.6 million Grouper are consumed in Hong Kong annually (only a fifth of all Grouper consumed in China), these species face further threat towards extinction. Groupers have extremely slow reproductive cycles, and overfishing will quickly lead to heavy, exponential population decline.
Not only am I concerned about the possible extinction of a species, but the overfishing of Grouper may eventually lead to a decline in the global fishing trade. With so many being fished, and more species threatening extinction, a potential conduit for the global market may collapse. Government agencies need to protect various Grouper species, along with all species of fish, from overfishing and consumption.
I urge you to reform legislation regarding catch limit and sale of Grouper in Hong-Kong, limiting the consumption by residents. Please contact local fishing agencies and related government departments to protect multiple species of fish and preserve a portion of the global economy.
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