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Over the past 250 years, humans have pumped increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. While science and industry scramble to understand the full impact, oceans continue to absorb as much as a quarter — approximately 530 billion tons — of this excess gas.

Extra CO2 increases acidity, reducing the amount of calcium carbonate in the water. Shell fish and coral reef, which rely on this mineral to build their shells and skeletons, are especially vulnerable to this process. Many larger fish rely on tiny marine snails and coral for food and shelter, so the effects of ocean acidification reverberate up the food chain, further depleting already struggling fish stocks.

As part of a multi-faceted solution, petition the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to designate additional Marine Protected Areas — "national parks for the sea" — providing marine life with a refuge and a fighting chance against this emerging threat.

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Dear Director Ashe:

While governments and international organizations debate the political intricacies of carbon emissions, Earth's oceans continue to absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide, resulting in increasingly acidic waters. This process, known as ocean acidification, threatens marine ecosystems throughout the world.

As a global problem, ocean acidification demands a global solution. Your organization, however, enjoys a unique position to grant immediate respite to marine life through the designation of additional Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A number of statutes—including the Endangered Species Act (1973), the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (1934) and the Wilderness Act (1964)—endow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the authority and flexibility to create new federal MPAs. In these protected zones, marine ecosystems have proven more resilient against global threats, such as warming seas and ocean acidification.

MPAs are not a panacea for ocean acidification, but as part of a coordinated response including local organizations and the international community, they do offer a short-term plan to reverse current trends. In the past, MPAs have also demonstrated unanticipated practical benefits, such as fish spillover and larval drift, helping to replenish fish stocks well beyond the area's designated boundaries. Additionally, these zones could help raise public awareness around the issue of acidification—the "hidden side" of the world's carbon crisis.

Given the imminence of ocean acidification, we cannot afford to wait for international consensus on carbon emissions. Additional MPAs offer an immediate and practical first step, and I hope your agency will exercise its legal authority to protect Earth's oceans and all who depend on them.

Petition Signatures

Mar 21, 2018 deb conley
Mar 20, 2018 Karen Iacenda
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 19, 2018 Robert New
Mar 19, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 18, 2018 Bonnie Cohen
Mar 18, 2018 Yvonne Tota
Mar 17, 2018 Diane Summerville
Mar 17, 2018 Brent Pennell
Mar 15, 2018 Lorri MacQueen
Mar 13, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 13, 2018 Debra Foster
Mar 11, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Catherine Ogburn
Mar 9, 2018 Jennifer LeComte
Mar 9, 2018 Sam Mcfadzean
Mar 8, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Mar 7, 2018 Lynda Kerr
Mar 7, 2018 Jean McEvoy
Mar 6, 2018 josilda josilda
Mar 5, 2018 Lynne Thomas
Mar 5, 2018 Néstor Fernández Quintero
Mar 3, 2018 Fournier Fernande C'es notre devoir de respectez et protegez les animaux et notre planète!Vous, le savez? Merci.
Mar 2, 2018 Fern Swecker
Mar 2, 2018 Toni Blackburn
Mar 1, 2018 Angela Clement
Feb 26, 2018 Laura Gustoson
Feb 24, 2018 Jennifer Formoso
Feb 24, 2018 Fabian Müller
Feb 24, 2018 Kathleen Corby
Feb 23, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 22, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
Feb 22, 2018 jana pretorius
Feb 21, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Feb 21, 2018 bernice silverman
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 4, 2018 mihaela gongescu
Jan 29, 2018 Beverley Gardner
Jan 28, 2018 Glenn Odagawa
Jan 17, 2018 Robert Furem
Jan 9, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 8, 2018 Daisy Costa
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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