Target: Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Goal: Dedicate the Ross Sea of Antarctica as the world’s largest marine reserve to stop whaling and over-fishing.
The Ross Sea is currently being ravaged by whalers and is about to be opened up to fishing fleets. This sea off the coast of Antarctica is home to penguins, squid, and endangered blue whales. Before the whalers arrived, the Ross Sea was relatively untouched by human influence and is therefore an ideal site for a marine wildlife sanctuary. Being the size of the U.K., Germany, and France combined, it could be the largest marine reserve on Earth.
Twenty-three of the required 24 nations are already on board with making the Ross Sea a sanctuary. Even China supports the idea. The only holdout is Russia. Fishing industries are exerting a lot of pressure to keep this area open for fishing after they’ve over-fished other seas and oceans to the point of devastating the ecosystem and driving previously flourishing species to endangerment. We can’t let them do the same thing to this pristine body of water.
Without marine sanctuaries, the world’s fish and marine mammal species would have no place to go to avoid the fishing industries that only care about profits. We could lose essential species and throw off the global marine ecosystem entirely, leading to unprecedented environmental devastation. Sign our petition to demand that Russia agrees to making the Ross Sea a marine reserve.
Dear Minister Donskoi,
Your government is apparently refusing to join with 23 other nations in supporting the dedication of the Ross Sea in Antarctica as a marine reserve. This sea, which is the size of the U.K., Germany, and France combined, could become the world’s largest marine wildlife sanctuary if only Russia would add its name to this cause.
The Ross Sea is home to endangered whales, including the magnificent and mysterious blue whale. Currently, hunters are threatening their already unstable numbers, and now massive fishing industries want to add their boats to the ongoing devastation of this otherwise untouched sea. This is because they’ve already so over-fished in other areas that the numbers of formerly proliferating fish species have plummeted because of their actions.
We need to protect marine species. Fish and marine mammals travel all over the world and impact ecosystems across the globe. If any one goes extinct, the ripple effects can be devastating. It can also severely affect economies and local industries that rely on responsible fishing for food. It will, inevitably, affect Russia. Please do the right thing and urge your government to add its name to the effort to make the Ross Sea a marine reserve.
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Photo credit: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration