Protect Delicate Marine Life from Deadly Fishing Practices

Target: Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investments Affairs, Indonesia

Goal: Permanently ban the use of fishing nets that deplete vital marine populations.

Tens of thousands of delicate marine species, including dolphins, seabirds, and porpoises, have been killed by trawling and seine nets. This damage is why the nets have been banned in countries around the globe. However, Indonesia’s marine wildlife is under threat as that ban on seine and trawl nets is lifted.

The nets, which are either dragged through the water or along the ocean floor, have long been understood to cause significant environmental damage. In addition to disturbing delicate bottom-feeding ecosystems and causing lasting physical damage to habitats like reefs, trawling and seining typically result in large numbers of juvenile fish and commercially undesirable animals being dragged out of the water and left to die. These organisms, vital for reproduction and the continued existence of essential food chains, are at the mercy of fishermen free to operate under the new changes to the law.

In addition to widespread condemnation of the practice based on extensive evidence of its harmful impacts, the repeal of the ban violates Indonesian law and could benefit large-scale fisheries while damaging stocks relied upon by independent small-scale operations. Sign the petition below to demand that the crucial ban on these nets be restored immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Pandjaitan,

The damage wrought by trawling and seine nets is one of the most dire and immediate threats to a wide range of animals, including seabirds, dolphins, porpoises, and young fish vital for the continued existence of countless species. Despite a study released by your own fisheries ministry demonstrating the damage these nets cause to reefs and wildlife, the sensible ban on their use has been overturned, restoring a grave threat to Indonesian waters and the environment.

Unlike the larger fisheries which use these destructive methods, the use of small-scale and traditional techniques is known to result in both more significant catches and far less harm. I demand that you restore the ban on harmful nets and encourage the use of more sustainable methods.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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