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oceans

25 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell

Southern Resident Orcas need Wild Snake River Salmon. Feds must breach now!

The endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales support a multimillion dollar tourist economy in Puget Sound.  They are perilously close to becoming too small a population to survive and reproduce, primarily due to lack of food.  They are slowly starving.  There are only 77 (including Lolita/Tokitae, the L pod orca confined at the Miami Seaquarium) Southern Resident orcas remaining today.  For more than two years, no calf has survived.  In 2014 alone, the Southern Resident population has declined by 5%, with the recent death of J32, Rhapsody, and her calf.  At 18 years old, J32 was just coming into her own and was among the most likely females to contribute to the killer whales’ recovery for years to come.  With her death, another J Pod matriline, the J10’s, will die out.  Rhapsody’s death embodies the plight of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Chinook salmon are the killer whales’ primary food.  Chinook salmon runs originating in the Columbia/Snake River watershed are the singular most important food source for the killer whales’ survival.  Chinook salmon are endangered species themselves. There are not enough Chinook salmon to sustain even the 77 Southern Residents Killer Whales that are alive today. Each year the Snake River dams kill many millions of Chinook salmon juveniles as they attempt to navigate the dams and migrate down river and out to the ocean.  Despite the dams, some Chinook salmon do make it to the ocean and grow to adults.  The dams again exact their toll when adult Chinook return to the Columbia/Snake watershed to spawn.  The dams finish the killing cycle by impeding the Chinooks return to their spawning grounds.  According to hundreds of scientists, removal of the four Lower Snake River dams is the single most effective way to generate the abundant Columbia Basin salmon that Southern Resident Killer Whales need to survive and recover.  Judge Redden, the judge who presided over the decades long Columbia/Snake River legal case involving salmon and hydropower, also believes the dams need to come down.  Yet as the orcas spiral towards extinction, the federal government refuses to consider dam removal, and instead spends billions of dollars on unreasonable and speculative habitat restoration measures to avoid significant changes to dam operations.  It is time for Congress to authorize removal of the four lower Snake River dams.  Please join us in calling for Congress to pass legislation to remove these concrete barriers to the orcas’ continued to survival. (Dec. 24, 2015) Since posting this petition we have learned that the President can take executive action to breach the dams. We are now asking the President to do this. In addition to signing this petition, please write, call or email the President and request he use his executive power to breach the dams, and please write, call and email Senators Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and Governor Jay Inslee and ask them to support President Obama taking executive action to breach the lower Snake River dams. Contact the decision makers:http://srkwcsi.org/take-action/letters-to-politicians/ Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SRKW.CSI

Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative
22,310 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Philippine Government

I Support the Protection of Philippine Rise

WHY PROTECT THE PHILIPPINE RISE? 1.       The Philippine Rise is Philippine territory.  A large part of the region is within the country's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. In April 2012, the Extended Continental Shelf claim of the Philippines was approved by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  According to the 1987 Constitution, all areas for which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction are considered legally part of the National Territory. As Benham Rise fits this definition – the region is definitely considered as Philippine territory. 2.       It nearly doubles the size of the Philippines. The area of Benham Rise within the Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf of the Philippines is 11.4 million hectares while the Extended Continental Shelf is 13 million hectares. The region spans over 24 million hectares, compared with the 30 million hectare total land area of the Philippines – meaning our territory grew significantly. 3.       Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, is a spawning area. Preliminary research conducted by scientists as early as 2013 revealed that Benham Bank is a spawning ground for assorted fish.  4.       The Philippine Rise is possibly the only place in the Philippines where coral cover hovers around 100% and is a likely source of larval spawn for corals and reef fish.    What must be done:  1.       As an immediate response, the Philippine government should issue an order declaring Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, as a no-take zone, meaning no fishing, mining or drilling activities can take place on or around it, ensuring protection. 2.      Oceana recommends the immediate creation of a Management Framework for the Philippine Rise as a precautionary approach for development to ensure that we conserve the resources of the Philippine Rise while asserting our sovereignty. Further research should be done to ensure the area is developed sustainably. 3.      Oceana agrees with the government that “Benham Rise (now called the Philippine Rise) belongs to the Filipino people," as reiterated by Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella. Abella continued: "The Philippine government is duty-bound to defend and protect our sovereign and territorial rights over this region. Other countries can exercise innocent passage and territorial navigation. But they are disallowed to stay and establish any structure in the area."   By signing this petition, you are showing your support for the protection of the Philippine Rise. Please share this on your social media accounts to spread the word and encourage others!

Oceana Philippines
5,330 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, Suzanne Case, Tulsi Gabbard, Bruce Anderson, Lisa Bishop, Gene Ward, Glenn Wakai, Sam Slom, J. Kalani English, Brian Schatz, David Ige, Michele Nekota, Tara Hirohata, Elizabeth Maynard

Help Protect Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve has been named by 'Dr. Beach' as the #1 Beach in the United States for 2016. This story was reported by CNN, MSN, and other major news organizations on 5/26/2016.  With an estimated 3,000 visitors to Hanauma Bay each day, coupled with this recent news of its #1 ranking being released just ahead of Memorial Day weekend -- which is sure to drive even additional visitor interest to the historic, cultural, and natural gem -- changes need to be made to better educate visitors on preserving the coral reef and protecting marine life.  Upon visiting the park on any of the six days of the week the Nature Preserve & Marine Life Conservation District is open to visitors, one is sure to see a large number of snorkelers standing on the reef, as well as disturbing sea turtles and other marine life. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve currently makes it mandatory for each visitor to first watch a 9-minute video about the history of Hanauma Bay, the types of fish and coral one is likely to see while snorkeling, and helpful tips and information for avoiding damage to the reef and marine life.  Unfortunately, the video includes numerous clips of people standing on the reef and also a person approaching a sea turtle with hands outstretched as if trying to touch the threatened species. Additionally, beyond the educational center, upon descending down the hill to the beach and on the beach itself there are hardly any reminders to avoid contact with the reef.  Below are the requested changes: 1) Currently, the introduction video that is mandatory for each visitor shows people walking on the reef and a person trying to closely interact with a sea turtle. We would request a budgetary allotment be made for a remake or edit of the video to remove these scenes which are likely to confuse non-English speakers and English speakers alike. Those not closely listening to the narrative but watching the film are likely to be left with the impression that these prohibited actions are acceptable practices. 2) Place more prominent and visual image heavy signage on the descent to the beach, at the beach itself, and at the Information and Snorkel Renting centers on the beach front regarding not stepping on or touching coral, stirring up sediment, or touching, disturbing or threatening marine life. As Hanauma Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD), one would expect that Hanauma Bay would have high quality signage on par with those found at Pupakea MLCD. 3) Encourage lifeguard staff to issue reminders by megaphone to visitors that standing on the reef is not permitted or provide on-beach staff of the Preserve to serve in this capacity. 4) Provide educational signs with multiple translations to account for the global demographic of visitors that flock to Hanauma Bay each day. Please sign this petition to encourage Hanauma Bay Management and Education Program Directors, Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Land & Natural Resources, State of Hawai'i Division of Aquatic Resources, and our elected representatives to take further action aimed at better educating visitors to Hanauma Bay about the environmental impacts of standing on or otherwise damaging the coral reef, as well as the impacts of disturbing or otherwise threatening marine life.

Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors
9,425 supporters