Friend of the Sea

58,138 supporters

Protection of marine habitat and aquatic resources

Started 8 petitions

Petitioning Governments, Coral companies

Make corals jewels sustainability certification mandatory to save the corals

Hundreds of thousand tons of corals are harvested and traded globally for jewellery. With few exceptions, these corals come from harvesting which is not verified by third parties as being sustainable.  This petition aims to make coral jewels sustainability certification mandatory. It could be Friend of the Sea certification or equivalent. We will send the petition, once we reach together the milestone of 1.000 signatures, to all involved governments and major coral companies. We will report her about feedbacks and achievements. (From Noaa) Corals have long been popular as souvenirs, for home decor, and in jewellery, but many consumers are unaware that these beautiful structures are made by living creatures. Fewer still realize that corals are dying off at alarming rates around the world. Coral reefs are some of the most biologically rich and economically valuable ecosystems on Earth, but they are threatened by an increasing array of impacts—primarily from global climate change, unsustainable fishing, and pollution. Strong consumer demand for coral, heightened over the holiday season, is another factor that is contributing to the decline of coral reefs. Each year, the U.S. imports tons of dead coral for home decorations and curios. Most of these corals are shallow-water species. The U.S. is also the world's largest documented consumer of Corallium, red and pink corals often used to create jewellery. Finished pieces of jewellery and art crafted from this type of coral can fetch anywhere between $20 and $20,000 in the marketplace. Continued consumer demand is contributing to the decline of these delicate corals around the world. Commercial harvesting to satisfy the demand for coral jewelry has reduced colony size, density, and age structure of Corallium over time. Harvesting is also lowering the reproduction capability of this species and is decreasing its genetic diversity. Research indicates that removal of red and pink corals for the global jewelry and art trade is also leading to smaller and smaller Corallium in the wild. Corals grow very slowly, are extremely long-lived, and take years to reach maturity. It takes corals decades or longer to create reef structures. Once coral is harvested—especially when it's extracted at a young age—surrounding coral beds often do not recover. That's why it's best to leave corals and other marine life on the reef. Remember: corals are already a gift. Don't give them as presents!! This petition aims to make coral jewels sustainability certification mandatory. It could be Friend of the Sea certification or equivalent. We will send the petition, once we reach together the milestone of 1.000 signatures, to all involved governments and major coral companies. We will report her about feedbacks and achievements. Thank you for signing and spreading this petition!  To learn more about our Conservation Projects Together we can make a change!

Friend of the Sea
2,190 supporters
Petitioning Governments

Make Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) and Circle hooks mandatory to Save Sea Turtles

Please Help Friend of The Sea to convince governments to make the use of Turtle Excluder Devices and Circle Hooks (or equivalent bycatch reduction measures) mandatory in all countries. This will reduce sea turtles mortality, currently around one million, dramatically. We will send all signatures of this petition to the decision-makers in the governments and companies and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update here. A turtle excluder device or TED is a specialized device that allows a captured sea turtle to escape when caught in a fisherman's net. Sea turtles can be caught when bottom trawling is used by the commercial shrimp fishing industry. In order to catch shrimp, a fine-meshed trawl net is needed. This results in large amounts of other marine organisms being also caught as bycatch. When a turtle gets caught or entangled in a trawl net, it becomes trapped and is unable to return to the surface. Since sea turtles are air-breathing creatures with lungs, they eventually drown.  Experiments suggest that circle hooks could also be an effective replacement at reducing captures of hard-shelled turtles because they are wider at their narrowest point than J hooks and tuna hooks. Therefore, they are too wide to fit into the mouths of sea turtles. The circle hook may also be effective at reducing leatherback captures because of its shape; hard-shelled turtles tend to get caught in longline gear because they bite a baited hook, while leatherbacks tend to get caught because they are foul-hooked on the body or entangled in the line. Not all countries make TEDs and Circle Hooks mandatory. Friend of the Sea petition will be sent to all those countries and major fishing companies which have not yet introduced these measures. We will then report about outcomes and achievements here.  Thank you for signing! Please have a look at our Conservation Projects and don't hesitate to share the petition! 

Friend of the Sea
354 supporters
Petitioning Regional fisheries bodies, Shipowners , Fishing fleets, Governments, Seafood and Omega 3 producers

Save endangered Penguins from fisheries bycatch and overfishing.

Please Sign Friend of the Sea Petition to save Endangered Penguins from fisheries bycatch and overfishing.  Over half the world's penguin species are in grave danger of going extinct unless we take action now. The situation is dire. Penguin numbers have declined at such an alarming rate, they are now the second most threatened seabird group in the world after albatrosses, with 13 of the 18 penguin species in danger of going extinct. It is estimated that more than 400,000 seabirds, including penguins, are caught in gillnets and trawl nets each year. Only four out of the 18 penguin species have not been recorded as bycatch in gillnets. Both the African penguin and the Humboldt penguin have been impacted by overfishing of their primary food source. Friend of the Sea verifies the good management of the krill and small pelagic fisheries, considering and preventing the impact on the ecosystem and penguins feeding grounds, as well as the implementation of penguins bycatch reduction measures. By choosing Friend of the Sea certified products, you are also helping penguins conservation. Please sign our online Petition to make it mandatory for all fishing vessels to implement management measures to prevent penguins’ bycatch and consider penguins feeding grounds, in particular, closing fishing activity during the breeding season. The signature will be sent to the affected and related Regional Fisheries Management Bodies, shipowners, seafood and omega3 processors and media. We will report to you the feedback received and consequent initiatives undertaken. Thank you very much for your signature! Together we can make a change! Learn more about our Conservation Projects  References: Tangled and drowned: A global review of penguin bycatch in fisheries  

Friend of the Sea
670 supporters
Petitioning Longlines shipowners, Seafood producers, RETAILERS, Politicians

Save the Albatross and other Seabirds from Longlines fishing hooks

The "Global Seabirds Bycatch in Longline Fisheries" estimates that longline fisheries kill 150,000 to 300,000 seabirds each year! Help Friend of the Sea to lead all those involved in longlines fisheries and sales of the derived seafood to implement simple mitigation measures which can reduce dramatically the number of birds getting killed. The signed petition will be used by Friend of the Sea to motivate key players to act in this direction. We will report on results achieved. Of the 22 species of Albatrosses recognised by the IUCN, all are listed as at some level of concern; 3 species are critically endangered, 5 species are endangered, 7 species are near threatened, and 7 species are vulnerable. Several Terns and Petrels are also endangered. The main reason for the decrease in populations is currently longline bycatches. While the practical solutions exist, seabird bycatch in many fisheries remains at unsustainably high levels. Friend of the Sea, a major certification for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture already requests its certified fisheries to prevent albatross bycatch. With your support, we can motivate MORE fisheries and key players in the seafood processing industry, retail and politicians to join and engage to protect albatross and seabirds from longliners.  Thank you for signing and spreading awareness! Learn more about our Conservation Projects Together we can make a change!

Friend of the Sea
618 supporters