Target: Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, Africa
Goal: Praise President Ondimba for protecting marine life from commercial fishing off the shore of Gabon
The President of Gabon recently declared 18,000 square miles of ocean as an underwater reserve, safe from commercial fishing and other exploitation. This decision is an essential part of the journey to keep wildlife of the oceans safe and numerous. Gabon’s coastal waters are home to manta rays and hammerhead sharks, as well as many other species. This underwater nature reserve is the first network of protected marine areas in the region.
Humpback whales, dolphins, four species of turtle and tiger sharks are only a fraction of the marine life that is now protected off the coast of Gabon. Much of the marine life in the coastal waters of Gabon is listed as ‘threatened.’ As long as the marine life is within the 23 percent of Gabon’s protected coastal waters, they are safe from continuous, drastic decline. National Geographic performed a study of the country’s coastal waters, which led to the discovery that the ecosystems in that part of the ocean were unique and one of the last truly wild and abundant areas left in West Africa. After this information was presented to him, President Ondimba made the sound environmental decision of protecting the area.
Resisting the economic stability of commercial fishing is not something every world leader can lay claim to. President Ondimba is a remarkable leader for wildlife. By signing this petition you recognize Gabon’s president for his compassionate and intelligent leadership.
Dear President Ondimba,
You have just designated 18,000 square miles of Gabon’s coastal waters as a marine protection zone. This is not an easy decision to make, especially when faced with economic possibilities of commercial fishing. I am writing to commend you for this decision, as well as thank you for understanding the needs of Africa’s wildlife.
By declaring this area as an underwater nature reserve, you insist that the wild places of Africa and its coast should stay pristine and abundant. This decision comes at a very crucial time for much of the ocean’s wildlife. Countless species off the coast of Gabon are listed as ‘threatened,’ and may have not had a chance to reach stable numbers without this decree.
Thank you for putting the marine life of Gabon before profit. Please know that your efforts are noble and applauded.
[Your Name Here]
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