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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 16,778
Sponsored by: Oceana

Sea stars, octopus, ancient corals, sponges, important fish species, and the greater health of the ocean ecosystem are all at risk.

You can help protect ocean life and these vital habitats by speaking up now.

Oceana is working to protect more seafloor habitats off the West Coast while fighting to prevent protected areas from being reopened, and with your help we can do it! But if we don't act now, the oceans could actually LOSE protections and be in bigger trouble.

Tell the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries to protect our oceans' most important and productive seafloor habitats to sustain healthy oceans, healthy fisheries and a healthy planet.

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Dear Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries:

I am writing to express my concern for the future of the ocean’s living seafloor. Corals, sponges, rocky reefs and underwater canyons provide essential habitat for the reproduction, feeding, growth and shelter of many species of ocean life, including commercially and recreationally important fish as well as other species like sea stars and octopus. Bottom trawling poses the single greatest threat to seafloor habitat and, in turn, jeopardizes the greater health of the ocean ecosystem.

As you review Essential Fish Habitat protections, you have the opportunity and responsibility to protect these resources, both for their intrinsic value and for the important benefit that these public resources provide us in return. Any changes to existing protection measures, including Rockfish Conservation Areas and Essential Fish Habitat Conservation Areas, should result in a net increase in protections for all habitat types, regionally and coast-wide. Furthermore, it would be irresponsible to reopen to bottom trawling any areas containing known sensitive habitat types. I urge you to adopt the conservation alternative based on the proposal submitted by Oceana and others that will increase the protection of seafloor habitats off the U.S. West Coast for the benefit of the oceans and future generations while maintaining vibrant fisheries.


Petition Signatures

Jun 26, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Jun 23, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
Jun 23, 2017 Leslie Sullivan
Jun 22, 2017 Maria Prinsloo
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 21, 2017 Juanita Montano
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Dr Kenneth R Pelletier
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Jun 19, 2017 Cecilia Barea
Jun 17, 2017 Susan Hill
Jun 17, 2017 Karen Coll
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Jun 15, 2017 Barbara Desespringalle
Jun 15, 2017 Ileana Lopez
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Jun 13, 2017 Anne Smith
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Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Jo Beatty
Jun 9, 2017 Mark Berriman
Jun 8, 2017 Marie Osmundsen
Jun 8, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 8, 2017 Ewan Legg
Jun 6, 2017 Maiko Kushida
Jun 6, 2017 Cameron McElroy
Jun 6, 2017 Wanda Bass
Jun 5, 2017 Sara Brito
Jun 5, 2017 Petra Stadtmueller
Jun 5, 2017 Jim Faulks
Jun 5, 2017 Alexa Hilaire
Jun 4, 2017 Cynthia Huffman
Jun 4, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
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Jun 3, 2017 Catherine DADRIAN
Jun 3, 2017 Frédéric Jaubert
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Jun 3, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jun 2, 2017 DD REDMAN
Jun 1, 2017 Kristine Worley
Jun 1, 2017 Constance Jackson
May 31, 2017 Joanne Raby
May 30, 2017 Sherry Spurling
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 John Chambers
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May 29, 2017 Ally Trock

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