Make corals jewels sustainability certification mandatory to save the corals

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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.

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