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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 16,223
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.


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