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Petitioning President Barack Obama and the US Congress and 3 others

President Barack Obama and the US Congress: Stop government subsidies on the commercial fishing industry in the US


Commercial fishing accounts for only less than 1% of the US economy, yet American taxpayers doled out more than $6.4 billion in subsidies to the commercial fishing industry between 1996 and 2004, possibly accelerating the collapse of fish stocks worldwide and adding to the devastation of large ocean fish species. 44 percent of federal and state subsidies go toward fuel for fishing fleets. Supporting fuel costs has may not only helped promote the needless expansion of commercial fishing operations, it has also likely caused wasteful fuel consumption, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change. The US fishing industry uses 800 million gallons of fuel each year. While not the only industry to receive hefty fuel subsidies, they nonetheless provide commercial fishing operations with less incentives to conserve.

Letter to
President Barack Obama and the US Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
Please stop government subsidies on the commercial fishing industry in the US! Commercial fishing accounts for only less than 1% of the American economy, yet taxpayers doled out more than $6.4 billion in subsidies to the fishing industry between 1996 and 2004, possibly accelerating the collapse of fish stocks worldwide and adding to the devastation of large ocean fish species. 44 percent of federal and state subsides go toward fuel for fishing fleets. Supporting fuel costs has may not only helped promote the needless expansion of commercial fishing operations, it was also likely caused wasteful fuel consumption, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change. The US fishing industry uses 800 million gallons of fuel each year. While not the only industry to receive hefty subsidies, they nonetheless provide commercial fishermen with less incentives to conserve fuel.