Save Dolphins Dying in Florida - Cap the Spread of Harmful Fertilizers
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Save Dolphins Dying in Florida - Cap the Spread of Harmful Fertilizers

    1. Petition by

      Ocean River Institute

Bottlenose dolphins, swimming in a toxic cocktail, are suffering from nutrient pollution. Live dolphins exhibit extensive coverage of skin-eating fungal infections and other signs of suffering. Dead dolphins are found emaciated, with respiratory problems and brain lesions. In 2008, the dolphins of Florida's Indian River Lagoon faced a "marine mammal unusual mortality event." This year, it looks like another such event is underway.

The dolphins' home has become a toxic soup. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the Indian River Lagoon gets more than 400,000 pounds of phosphorus per year. That's 200,000 more pounds than it can sustain. The lagoon receives over 3 millions pounds of nitrogen per year. This is over 1 million pounds in excess than can be absorbed.  Excess nutrients lead to toxic algal blooms,"red tides," and dead zones where there is insufficient oxygen and fish die. Dolphin deaths were at their highest when Nitrogen (nutrients) and Chlorophyll A (algae) levels were at their highest.

“If you want a barometer of what’s going on in the lagoon, look at a dolphin,” says Megan Stolen, a research biologist at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute pictured with dead dolphin.

When tragedy strikes, the Ocean River Institute listens locally and acts locally. We become global when you join with us to save dolphins. Add your own words to those who love dolphins.

Join the Ocean River Institute in writing to county commissioners to mandate a cap on phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizers.

Positions

1. Protect Florida wildlife from unregulated nitrogen and phosphorus over-fertilization and discharging.

2. Save the dolphins of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon – Stop fertilize caused deaths!

3. Dolphin deaths were at their highest when Nitrogen (nutrients) and Chlorophyll A (algae) levels are at their highest.

4. Take Action: http://www.oceanriver.org/IRLDolphinCampaign.php

5. Rescue Dolphins and Stop the Deadly Green Sliming of Florida Waterways.

Listen to Stephen McCulloch on Ocean River Shields of Achilles Internet Talk Radio: 29. Help Dolphins, Do Not Over-Fertilize, It Flows to the Sea!

Rob Talks with Capt Nan Beaver, Sunshine Wildlife, Stuart FL, on Ocean River Shields of Achilles Internet Talk Radio: 36. Promoting and Attaining a Healthy and Sustainable Indian River Lagoon 

Dr Gary Bosart of the Georgia Aquarium talks about his decades of IRL dolphin research on Ocean River Shields of Achilles Internet Talk Radio: 28. Suffering Bottlenose Dolphins of Indian River Lagoon, Florida

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,250 signatures
    2. See Ocean River Institute's Video on Saving Oceans

      Rob Moir tells the story of how citizens came together to protect the ocean around Winter Island in Massachusetts, the development of national ocean policy, and the importance of working locally to protect the ocean in areas like Indian River Lagoon.

    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. Florida's Dolphins Struggle to Survive in "Toxic Soup"

      Florida’s Indian River Lagoon spans 156 miles and six counties, and includes three separate rivers and five inlets to the ocean. Here, the lagoon historically provided a home to hundreds of bottlenose dolphins on the Atlantic coast of the state....

    5. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • B L VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support this cause. Please also check out the Petition I created to help stop human trafficking in British Columbia. http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-public-safety-and-solicitor-general-stop-turning-a-blind-eye-to-human-trafficking-in-british-columbia

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    • Alison Perkins MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Good God...what the heck are we doing to our Marine life....why can't these unknown? corporations get a grip before it's too late :(((((

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    • Blue Ape With A Drum PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why is this even happening ?this is criminal and must be stopped..to knowingly pollute the seas and spread these chemicals is immoral ..in fact it is murder.

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    • Jon La Forgia ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      Do we really know what we are doing?

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    • Christopher Davis LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Our company has a non-leaching natural organic nitrogen product (N48) that eliminates the need to use the chemical fertilizers that are killing our soils our waters, our fish and eventually us as well. We are actively working to wake the world up to what is happening and that there are viable solutions.

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