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Please help Juan Fernadez Fur Seals – one quick petition

November 10, 2011

Please click on and sign:
Stop Bulldozing the Oceans

From Oceana

The homes of endangered Juan Fernandez fur seals and other animals are in immediate danger from bottom trawling. We need to take action right now to save them.

Right now, bottom trawlers are wreaking havoc in Juan Fernandez’s pristine waters – where corals, fish, and these unique fur seals once flourished, barren wastelands will be all that remain.

Bottom trawlers drag huge, heavy nets across the ocean floor, leaving scars that last for generations.

The sea mountains of Juan Fernandez are home to thousands of types of fish. These fish are crucially important to feed newborn fur seal pups, whose mothers already have to leave them for almost two weeks to find them enough to eat.

If the Chilean government bans bottom trawling and creates protected zones in special areas of the ocean, we could protect corals, other critical habitat, and all the life that depends on them. Animals like fur seals, dolphins, and whales could have safe homes and the fish they need to survive.

Chileans understand how important healthy oceans are to their livelihoods. Even many fishermen, whose livelihoods depend on being able to catch fish, support marine reserves. That’s because responsible fishing makes sure the oceans will be able to feed people – and fur seals – for generations.

We need to stand up for fur seals and the other animals and stop those who want to expand bottom trawling in Juan Fernandez. But to do so, we need to show Chile that the world is watching – and that we care.

Message Text

I am writing in support of efforts to protect Juan Fernandez and Chile’s incredible sea mountains from bottom trawling. Ruthless and indiscriminant, trawling is a form of fishing that drags huge chains and nets along the bottom of the sea floor, destroying everything in its path. These unique Chilean ecosystems are home to the Juan Fernandez fur seal and many other treasures that draw visitors from around the world.

It would be a shame if bottom trawling destroyed these habitats and the food source that fur seals and other animals depend upon for survival. I encourage you to ban trawling now. Unfortunately, there is a lot of evidence of what happens when trawlers and sea mountains mix. Sea mountains are ocean oases, providing shelter and food in the open ocean. But they are no match for trawlers. Hundreds-year old corals are flattened in mere minutes.  Entire schools of fish are scooped up, leaving little behind for seals, dolphins, and other animals to eat. Life is forever changed with a single pass of a trawler.

Chile is becoming a true leader and inspiration with its recent decisions to create a large protected area at Sala y Gomez and protecting ocean jewels, like the Punta de Choros marine reserve. It would send a wonderful message to the rest of the world if Chile takes this next step for ocean conservation and also ensures that I may someday be able to travel to Chile and to see the incredible wonder that is your sea mountains.

Don’t forget to please click on and sign Stop Bulldozing the Oceans

See More:

Oceana: Protecting the World’s Ocean

as you trawl
over the ocean
collateral damage
of this ugly haul
bottom feed
in the name of greed
precious habitats
come first
do your best
not your worst

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

One Comment leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 10, 2011 12:50 pm

    as you trawl
    over the ocean
    collateral damage
    of this ugly haul
    bottom feed
    in the name of greed
    precious habitats
    come first
    do your best
    not your worst


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