Stop Overfishing Before the World's Oceans Collapse
  • Petitioned Ron Kirk

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WTO Ambassador
Ron Kirk

Stop Overfishing Before the World's Oceans Collapse

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Many governments are paying their fishing fleets to fish longer, harder, and farther than would otherwise be possible. If this level of fishing continues, the fish we eat today could be gone within our lifetimes.

More than a billion people rely on the oceans for their main source of protein. What will happen to these people if the ocean is empty?

U.S. leadership is needed more now than ever before. Leading scientists project that the world’s commercial fish populations could be beyond recovery within decades if current trends continue. The United States must send a clear signal that a genuine “win” on fisheries subsidies remains a core priority of its international trade agenda.  

We need stricter limits on the billions of dollars of government subsidies that are driving the world’s oceans to collapse. Take action and urge the World Trade Organization to put a limit on fishery subsidies. Tell WTO Ambassador Ron Kirk we need to save our fish for the future. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
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    7. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lesley M McCormmach WALLA WALLA, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      The fish in the ocean belong to everyone, including me. I want fish of all kinds to live in the oceans. Anything you can do to control misuse of our world oceans is not optional.

      • over 3 years ago

      the oceans should have at least a year without fishing to rest and help it get back to normal. I do not think anyone would die from not fishing for a year. if you compare it to no ocean forever, it seems like a small thing

    • Jinny Lee MELROSE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Depleting earth's species especially for profit is immoral.

    • Unni Royland NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Please Stop this before it's too late.

    • Katrina Lopez POINT REYES STATION, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This topic is more often than not overlooked and ignored. It is very important to keep our oceans thriving. Enforce the laws!


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