Don’t Let Commercial Fishing Destroy Endangered Whales’ Habitat

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Encourage greater protections for marine national monument made vulnerable by executive order.

One of America’s five marine monuments—and the only such monument in the Atlantic Ocean—will soon be subjected to destructive commercial fishing thanks to an order from President Donald Trump. This wide swath of federally protected sea space houses numerous diverse aquatic species, including endangered right whales and deep-sea coral. As this administration touts its so-called protection of national monuments, it continues a wholesale destruction of natural monuments. With the latest damaging move, less than one percent of waters outside the Pacific Coast will be safeguarded from corporate raiding. These important environmental fixtures join numerous national parks that have likewise been sold out to big business interests under the direction of the great “monument protector,” President Trump.

The corporate take-over in this case includes commercial fishermen who have long lobbied for an ally in pillaging protected waters and putting rich marine biodiversity at risk. President Trump’s order, which he unveiled at a meeting with commercial fisheries special interests, will allow fishing in all areas of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England. Worse yet, this attack on the oceans is expected to provide little actual benefit for the smaller fishing outlets most hurt by recent economic turmoil. Once again, big corporations will win at the environment’s ultimate expense.

Sign the petition below to demand this nation’s leaders protect the natural monuments that matter most.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Skipwith,

Taking down a statue will not cost a life. Eradicating and exploiting the homes of millions of living organisms, however, will take an insurmountable toll. If this administration is so concerned with protecting national monuments, why does it seem so eager to auction off every last parcel of America’s national parks and natural monuments to corporate slaughter?

The stripping away of critical protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument will surely result in lawsuits, just as the similar harmful actions taken against the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Utah monuments have accomplished. The marine life living in these waters will endure the greater long-term damage, however. Some endangered species, like the regional right whale, may pay the ultimate price. This move will not help everyday fishermen; it is designed for the exclusive benefit of mega-corporate profiteers.

Please do not sell out this nation’s rich natural legacy. Advocate for the immediate reinstatement of protections for one of the last remaining U.S. marine monuments.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Wayne Parry

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3 Comments

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    The Fish & Wildlife Agency should be PROTECTING OUR WILDLIFE, NOT KILLING EVERYTHING.

    You are not upholding the mandate of your office, and you are acting AGAINST THE WISHES of the majority of Americans.

    The nation and the world is watching, and we will not look away.

  2. Don’t Let Commercial Fishing Destroy Endangered Whales’ Habitat
    The lowlife money hungry human species never ceased to disgust and sicken me with the level of depravity these monsters can sink too. No consideration, respect and compassion shown for the precious and innocent animals and wildlife these monsters torture to death for their GREED.

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