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Petitioning Senate District 14 Senator Donna Mercado Kim and 27 others
2 responses
This petition will be delivered to:
Senate District 14
Senator Donna Mercado Kim
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Senate District 23
Senator Clayton Hee
Senate District 6
Senator Rosalyn Baker
Senate District 13
Senator Suzanne Shun Oakland
Senate district 22
Senator Donovan De la Cruz
Senate district 7
Senator J. Kalani English
Senate District 19
Senator Will Espero
Senate District 20
Senator Mike Gabbard
senate District 20
Senator Brickwood Galuteria
Senate District 3
Senator Josh Green
Senate District 10
Senator Les Ihara, Jr.
Senate District 1
Senator gilbert Kahele
Senate District 5
Senator gilbert Keith Agaran
Senate District 18
Senator Michelle N. Kidani
Senate District 8
Senator Ronald Kouchi
Senate District 17
Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Senate District 2
Senator Russell E Ruderman
Senate District 21
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro
Senate District 9
Senator Sam Slom
Senate District 4
Senator Malama Solomon
Senate diste 11
Senator Brian T Taniguchi
Senate District 25
Senator Lauren Thielen
Senate District 24
Senator Jill Tokuda
Senate District 15
Senator glenn Wakai
Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai`i
The Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui,
Pacific Islands Regional Administrator, NOAA/NMFS
Mr. Michael Tosatto
Chairperson, Department of Land & Natural Resources
Mr. William J. Aila, Jr.
Senate District 16
Senator David Ige (Senate District 16)

State of Hawai'i: Keep Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the Endangered Species List!

Hello my name is Kim and I live in Hawai'i. I am an avid scuba diver, scuba instructor and have aided in the capture and release of many injured sea turtles due to fishing and ocean debris.

I am also active in counting and monitoring the sea turtles with several agencies. I care very deeply about the health of our oceans and protecting all marine life including our Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, known as Honu in Hawaiian.

I am here to request your “opposition" on HCR14, which urge the federal government to remove the honu from protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Based on the science, I do not think honu populations have recovered to the point of being removed from the Endangered Species List.

An average of 400 to 500 Hawaiian green sea turtles nested every year between 2002 and 2010. Last year a record 843 green sea turtles nested.

However those numbers fall far short of the requirement that 5,000 green sea turtles must nest each year for six consecutive years in order to reach recovery goals under the Endangered Species Act.

Just a thought...some of the turtles we have around the islands have resided in our waters before WWII.

In a 2004 Green Turtle Assessment , the Marine Turtle Specialist Group  (MTSG) of the IUCN  classified green turtles as endangered globally. Analyses of historic and recent abundance information by the MTSG indicates that extensive population declines have occurred in all major ocean basins over approximately the past 100-150 years. The MTSG analyzed population trends at 32 index nesting sites around the world and found a 48-65% decline in the number of mature females nesting annually over the past 100-150 years. 

Threats

-harvest of eggs and adults
-incidental capture in fishing gear
-fibropapillomatosis (disease)
-general threats to marine turtles

-loss of habitat
-increase of boating related deaths
-human development and destruction of nesting beaches

 

The principal cause of the historical, decline of the green turtle is long-term harvest of eggs and adults on nesting beaches and juveniles and adults on feeding grounds. These harvests continues to compromise efforts to recover this species.

Incidental capture in fishing gear, primarily in gillnets, but also in trawls, traps and pots, longlines, and dredges is a serious ongoing source of mortality that also adversely affects the species' recovery.

For more information:

www.tirn.net  (Turtle Island Restoration Network)

Please take a moment to let the State of Hawai'i know you oppose taking these beautiful and much loved sea turtles off the endangered species list!!!

TWO STEPS:

1) It will take approximately 10 seconds to complete your opposition on the link below.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HCR&billnumber=14&year=2013

 2) sign this petition to the recipients.

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)

Pictured above is a honu caught in a fishing hook.

(picture courtesy and copywrite protected by Scubadrew Videoworks)


Letter to
Senate District 14 Senator Donna Mercado Kim
Senate District 23 Senator Clayton Hee
Senate District 6 Senator Rosalyn Baker
and 25 others
Senate District 13 Senator Suzanne Shun Oakland
Senate district 22 Senator Donovan De la Cruz
Senate district 7 Senator J. Kalani English
Senate District 19 Senator Will Espero
Senate District 20 Senator Mike Gabbard
senate District 20 Senator Brickwood Galuteria
Senate District 3 Senator Josh Green
Senate District 10 Senator Les Ihara, Jr.
Senate District 1 Senator gilbert Kahele
Senate District 5 Senator gilbert Keith Agaran
Senate District 18 Senator Michelle N. Kidani
Senate District 8 Senator Ronald Kouchi
Senate District 17 Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Senate District 2 Senator Russell E Ruderman
Senate District 21 Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro
Senate District 9 Senator Sam Slom
Senate District 4 Senator Malama Solomon
Senate diste 11 Senator Brian T Taniguchi
Senate District 25 Senator Lauren Thielen
Senate District 24 Senator Jill Tokuda
Senate District 15 Senator glenn Wakai
Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai`i The Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui,
Pacific Islands Regional Administrator, NOAA/NMFS Mr. Michael Tosatto
Chairperson, Department of Land & Natural Resources Mr. William J. Aila, Jr.
Senate District 16 Senator David Ige (Senate District 16)
Keep Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the endangered species list!

I am here to request your “opposition" on HCR14, which urge the federal government to remove the honu from protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Based on the science, I do not think honu populations have recovered to the point of being removed from the Endangered Species List.

An average of 400 to 500 Hawaiian green sea turtles nested every year between 2002 and 2010. Last year a record 843 green sea turtles nested.

However those numbers fall far short of the requirement that 5,000 green sea turtles must nest each year for six consecutive years in order to reach recovery goals under the Endangered Species Act.

In a 2004 Green Turtle Assessment , the Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG) of the IUCN classified green turtles as endangered globally. Analyses of historic and recent abundance information by the MTSG indicates that extensive population declines have occurred in all major ocean basins over approximately the past 100-150 years. The MTSG analyzed population trends at 32 index nesting sites around the world and found a 48-65% decline in the number of mature females nesting annually over the past 100-150 years.

Threats:
-poaching of eggs and adults
-incidental capture in fishing gear
-fibropapillomatosis (virus disease)
-general threats to marine turtles
-loss of habitat
-increase of boating related deaths
-human development and destruction of nesting beaches

The principal cause of the historical, decline of the green turtle is long-term harvest of eggs and adults on nesting beaches and juveniles and adults on feeding grounds. These harvests continues and compromises the efforts to recover this species.

Incidental capture in fishing gear, primarily in gillnets, but also in trawls, traps and pots, longlines, and dredges is a serious ongoing source of mortality that also adversely affects the species' recovery.

Thank you for your consideration!

Mahalo nui loa