Eliminate Gillnetting In The United States
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Gillnet fishing is a method used where a net is put on the sea floor and as marine animals swim in, they are trapped there until the net is hoisted up. This method, although effective in capturing a large number of fish at once, poses a big threat to larger marine animals that are not the intended targets. Hawksbill turtles and vaquitas (porpoises) suffer most because they need to come up to the surface in order to breathe. When they are trapped in gillnets, they cannot breathe and eventually die. This has contributed to both animals becoming endangered and has put vaquitas on the brink of extinction with only 30 members left. By signing this petition, you are saying that you do not want to play a role in the extinction of these marine animals as well as many others.
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- Chris Murphy
- Richard Blumenthal
- Jim Himes
The legislation addressing gillnetting is an important topic to me because I am a student in AP Environmental Sciences and AP Governmental Studies and Politics who wants to make a difference. This issue directly impacts the type of world we want to be responsible for creating for the next generation.
I am primarily concerned about the permanent ban on gillnetting because it will increase the biodiversity on our planet, it is easily replaceable, and with stricter legislation, we can make a difference. Other aspects of this same issue that affect our biodiversity are that a large number of vaquitas and hawksbill turtles are being killed as a result of bycatch from gillnetting.
Although I have read reports of your position in the newspapers, I realize this may not fully represent your viewpoint. Therefore, I will look forward to your reply expressing your opinions, and your current stance on the issue.
Thank you for your consideration of my viewpoint on this matter. I believe it is an important issue, and would like to see the legislation pass to ensure the avoidance of the extinction of the aforementioned species.
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