Target: Chairman of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Charles Karnella
Goal: Encourage the development of a long-term recovery plan and protective measures for the Pacific bluefin and bigeye tuna.
Tuna species in the Pacific Ocean have long suffered from overfishing. While there have been strong efforts from activists and conservationists to help defend the species’ dwindling populations, the bluefin and bigeye tuna still remain under-protected.
At a meeting for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, members had the opportunity to make monumental decisions to protect Pacific species of tuna. Some regulations regarding the fishing of tuna were implemented, including limitations to the number of fish caught along with the number of fish caught above or below a certain weight. These limitations were intended to stabilize the tuna populations and allow juvenile tuna the chance to reproduce before they are caught.
Still, not enough was done to protect this creature. No mention of a long-term recovery plan for the species or protective measures to ensure these limitations were discussed. However, these are vital parts to saving the bluefin and bigeye tuna.
Please ask that the members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission add more protection for the species of tuna found in the Pacific Ocean and that they develop a long-term recovery plan for both species. While their efforts are valued, more needs to be done to make a difference. Encourage them to take the next step to save these species by signing the petition below.
Dear Chairman Karnella,
Recently, decisions were made regarding species of tuna found in the Pacific Ocean. While regulations were set in an effort to protect the species, not enough protection was implemented. Bigeye and bluefin tuna have long suffered from overfishing in the Pacific, and now it is time to rebuild their populations and restore them to a healthy level.
I encourage you to make some additions to your decisions regarding tuna in the Pacific. First, enforcement is needed to ensure the regulations placed on tuna are followed by fishermen. Second, a long-term recovery plan for both bigeye and bluefin tuna is necessary.
The fate of these species falls into your hands. I urge you to develop a recovery plan, listing protective and enforcement measures so that we can help to rebuild the tuna population in the Pacific Ocean.
[Your Name Here]
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