Save endangered Penguins from fisheries bycatch and overfishing.

Save endangered Penguins from fisheries bycatch and overfishing.

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Why this petition matters

Started by Friend of the Sea

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!

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Tangled and drowned: A global review of penguin bycatch in fisheries


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