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On 6/20/2014, the Rainforest Site mailed off 22,669 signatures to Director Ashe. The acidification of the ocean continues to be a pressing issue threatening our oceans. Sign today and show your support for protecting our vulnerable seas.
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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

Sep 15, 2014 Toreka Pulou
Sep 15, 2014 Josilene Nascimento
Sep 15, 2014 CAROL KOTCHER
Sep 15, 2014 Marilyn Trybus
Sep 15, 2014 Jillana Laufer
Sep 15, 2014 Daniela Alves
Sep 15, 2014 Véronique Ciesielski
Sep 15, 2014 Bryna Schreier
Sep 15, 2014 shana smith
Sep 15, 2014 Sara Nason
Sep 15, 2014 Mira Momchilova
Sep 15, 2014 alicia ramos
Sep 14, 2014 Ann Appleton
Sep 14, 2014 Maria Vicareo
Sep 14, 2014 Karen Tucker
Sep 14, 2014 florinda gomes
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2014 Donna Harris
Sep 13, 2014 Greatest Ever
Sep 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2014 Laura Vilela
Sep 13, 2014 Laurence BELLION
Sep 12, 2014 Mary Osmundson
Sep 12, 2014 marie-martine Audebert
Sep 12, 2014 Pimpie Christiane
Sep 12, 2014 Antonella Santilli
Sep 12, 2014 Frédéric Nion
Sep 12, 2014 Kathy Aprile
Sep 11, 2014 Sandra Schott
Sep 11, 2014 Joana Arrepia
Sep 11, 2014 Maria Dimitropoulou
Sep 10, 2014 Caroline Maurinier
Sep 10, 2014 Linda Hagen
Sep 10, 2014 Sally Brant
Sep 8, 2014 Jennie Taylor
Sep 7, 2014 Tammy Young
Sep 7, 2014 Helena Soltesz
Sep 7, 2014 DAWN PALMER
Sep 7, 2014 claude ROSTAGNAT
Sep 6, 2014 Ivanor Tres
Sep 6, 2014 Ruth Miller
Sep 6, 2014 Judy McKinney
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2014 Juan Javier Cifuentes
Sep 5, 2014 Elda Rasero
Sep 4, 2014 Kimberly Myhre
Sep 4, 2014 Shirley Hosier
Sep 3, 2014 Gena Anderson
Sep 3, 2014 Nikki Thomas
Sep 3, 2014 Stephanie Smith

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