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Jan 14, 2015

World: TAKE ACTION: One simple way to protect ancient coral reefs

A bythitid snakes its way through a cluster of brightly colored corals and brittle stars. (Image courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS)

From: "Earthjustice Alerts" <action@earthjustice.org>
Date: Jan 14, 2015 6:40 AM
Subject: TAKE ACTION: One simple way to protect ancient coral reefs


Earthjustice - Take Action Today
TAKE ACTION! One simple way to protect ancient coral reefs Take Action
A bythitid snakes its way through a cluster of brightly colored corals and brittle stars. (Image courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS)
Protect ancient coral reefs from destructive fishing trawls!

Take action today.
Dear Liz,
Coral reefs across the world are at risk of ecological collapse—faced with serious threats from climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution.
In the Atlantic Ocean, just off the U.S. East Coast, deep-sea corals provide essential habitat for countless invertebrate species and for commercially and recreationally important fisheries in the mid-Atlantic region.
Cold-water corals are stationary, which makes them particularly vulnerable to pollution and changes in the ocean's temperature—but their greatest global threat is from trawl fishing.
Earthjustice has been fighting in court for years to protect our ocean ecosystems from destructive fishing practices, including bottom-trawl fishing. Trawls use large, heavy nets kept open by doors, weighing as much as several tons each, many of which drag across large areas of seafloor to catch fish that live on or near the ocean floor.
To protect life-giving coral ecosystems, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has proposed a bold plan to use its authority under federal law to proactively "minimize the impacts of fishing gear on deep-sea corals," but it has not yet determined the extent of that protection.
The council's plan, called Amendment 16, could establish the largest habitat protection area in the history of Atlantic fishery management. We need you to add your voice in support of this landmark plan today!
To fully protect deep- sea corals, this plan must prevent bottom-trawl fishing gear from being used in all of the canyons and deep-sea regions that harbor these ecological treasures.
Sincerely,
Staff photo
Brian Smith
Oceans Campaign Manager
Take Action


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