Target: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia
Goal: Implement regulations for sustainable live-reef fishing in Indonesia
Indonesia is a major supplier for coral reef fish that are sold in local restaurants and exported to China, Japan, Europe, and North America for use in aquariums. This practice has become a fast-growing business, but is poorly regulated and is already diminishing coral reef fish populations. The practices used to catch these fish are drastic in scope and dangerous to the aquatic environment. Tons of smaller fish and fish of species not used for sale, as well as corals themselves, die off in this procedure. The Indonesian government needs to set strict policies and regulations about live reef fishing before entire species have been wiped out.
Live seafood is a particularly popular menu item in any seafood restaurant or special banquet in Hong Kong, Southern China and other places around the world. Most of these freshly caught fish come from Indonesia. There, they are being caught mostly using dynamites and cyanide. Using these methods not only helps the fisherman catch the desired fish in large quantities, but also kills other fish and corals. Cyanide is used to stun the fish by squirting it into the corals making the fish easier to catch. The cyanide also kills smaller fish and other organisms needed to keep the coral reefs healthy. Using explosives also has a large impact on killing vast amounts of fish and reefs by throwing dynamites into the open waters.
Sign this petition to urge the Indonesian government to adopt regulations for live reef fish trade and protect the environment. Corals and fish stock have already depleted in most of Western and Central Indonesia. If this fishing practice is not regulated and fishermen are not educated on their methods, soon many species of fish may become endangered or even extinct. The fishing practice should allow for natural breeding that can keep up with the numbers of fish caught.
Dear Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
I urge you to set nationwide regulations for live reef fishing in Indonesia. Most fishermen who catch these fish for local use and export are using fishing methods dangerous to the aquamarine environment. Such methods include the use of explosives and cyanide.
Excessive fishing in Indonesian waters has already caused a great decline in numbers of fish and live coral reefs. Such practice can cause imbalance in the marine ecosystem by wiping out entire fish species. Please set regulations that prohibit the use of explosives and cyanide for live reef fishing in Indonesia and set a maximum quota. This would help the fish to reproduce naturally and sustain an environmentally sustainable practice that would eliminate endangerment of species.
[Your Name here]
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