NET: Tell NMFS We Need a Strong Overfishing Rule

April 11th, 2007 3:35 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via National Environmental Trust:

Tell NMFS We Need a Strong Overfishing Rule

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, we are depleting our oceans of fish. Since 1900, many fish species, including swordfish, marlin and the biggest types of tuna, have declined by 90%. In its April 2007 issue, National Geographic magazine focuses on the global fisheries crisis, showing how high-tech harvesting methods, greed, and wasteful management have brought world fish stocks to dangerous lows. If this trend continues, global fisheries will collapse by 2048.

Right now, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is developing new rules to end overfishing and rebuild depleted fish populations in the United States. In order to be sure that these rules are strong enough to fix the problem, we are encouraging people to let the agency know that you support an end to overfishing. Comments must be received no later than April 17th!

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