Genetically Engineered Salmon

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The longterm effects of genetically modified salmon on human health and the environment are still unknown.

Protecting animals and the environment should be high on everyone’s list. The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the US House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs have before them S 246 /HR 1667 , the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act, which would ban the transportation, sale, purchase or possession of genetically modified fish in interstate or foreign commerce.

We strongly object to the genetic manipulation of salmon as such manipulation can affect animal and human health as well as environmental welfare. The threat to wild salmon and the general ocean ecosystem has not been mitigated nor have there been sufficient studies to determine what effect genetically engineered salmon would have on human health.

Write a brief note to the leadership of these committees expressing your concern regarding genetically engineered salmon and your support of this legislation. Also, write your senators and representatives expressing your concerns about the introduction of genetically engineered foods.

The Honorable Jay Rockefeller, Chairman
The Honorable John Thune, Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Russell Senate Office Building 254
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable John Fleming, Chairman
The Honorable Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Ranking Member
House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

SOS – Save Our Seas

The National Endowment for the Oceans Act would protect our marine ecosystems that are  threatened by over-fishing and pollution.

The National Endowment for the Oceans Act would protect our marine ecosystems that are threatened by over-fishing and pollution.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has before it S 646, the National Endowment for the Oceans Act. Protection of our nation’s oceans, coastal areas, and Great Lakes ecosystems is imperative to the overall health of both the environment and the creatures who inhabit these areas. According to the November 2006 issue of Science, a report by an international team of scientists studying a vast amount of data gathered between 1950 and 2003 declared that if current trends of fishing and pollution continue, every fishery in the world’s oceans will collapse by 2048. What we don’t protect today may not be with us tomorrow.

Contact your senators and ask them to support this important piece of legislation when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote. You can also contact the committee and urge its members to support the bill and bring it to a vote this legislative session.

Corals Need Our Help

You can help keep a part of our natural world, Coral Reefs, thriving for future generations.

You can help keep a part of our natural world, Coral Reefs, thriving for future generations.

Sixty-six of the most threatened corals need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the ability to protect them. Coral reefs are in trouble due to ocean warming, acidification, and pollution.

We must protect endangered and near-endangered species and their habitat; for whenever we save a species from the brink of extinction and preserve enough of the habitat for the species to thrive, we keep a part of our natural world intact for future generations.

For these reasons, it is imperative that NOAA protect 66 of the most threatened corals immediately. Please write NOAA requesting the agency act quickly and decisively to spare further loss of coral reefs. Visit the agency’s website

to learn more about its coral reef conservation program.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
and Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230

Bluefin Tuna Need Protection

The giant schools of tuna that once populated the oceans are rapidly disappearing

The giant schools of tuna that once populated the oceans are rapidly disappearing

Threatened by climate change, overfishing, and pollution, bluefin tuna need protection in order to recover to healthy levels. Write the Canadian ministers of Environment and Fisheries and Oceans requesting they act now to protect bluefin tuna under the Species at Risk Act. Any delay further compromises the integrity of this long-lived giant ocean predator.

The Honourable Peter Kent
Minister of the Environment
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3
Canada

The Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent Street
13th Floor, Station 13E228
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6
Canada

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Protect Hawai’i’s Coral Reefs

Colorful tropical fish, like this yellow tang, are often taken from Hawai'i's coral reefs.

Colorful tropical fish, like this yellow tang, are often taken from Hawai’i’s coral reefs.

One of Hawai’i’s most treasured natural resources is its coral reefs, home to colorful species of fish and coral. However, the multi-million dollar exotic fish collection industry is taking thousands of these creatures from Hawai’i each year. The Hawaiian government needs to follow its own mandates for environmental review before issuing permits to those who want to harvest the beauty that is Hawai’i’s coral reef colonies.

Urge the governor and the head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources to protect Hawai’i’s natural resources before those resources are gone for good.

The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
Governor
Executive Chambers, State Capitol
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006

William J. Aila Jr., Chairperson
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No: 808-587-0400

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Secretary of the Interior Needs to Hear from You

Cetaceans such as this humpback whale are endangered by intense sound waves.

Two issues are before the Department of the Interior that require our attention. The first issue has to do with the use of high-intensity airguns in the exploration of offshore oil and gas along the Atlantic Coast from Florida to the New Jersey border. The constant dynamite-like blasts will occur around the clock for weeks and possibly months. All sea creatures within this area will be subjected to the noise. Dolphins and whales, in particular, will suffer as they rely on sound for feeding, communication, and navigation.

A second issue facing the Department of the Interior is whether to uphold the 1976 Point Reyes Wilderness Act. When the act was passed, an existing commercial oyster operation within Drakes Estero was given a 40-year lease to operate within the park. The lease expires this year at which time Drakes Estero would revert to a wilderness area. The secretary of the Interior needs to uphold this agreement. The Drakes Estero is the West Coast’s only marine wilderness area and is the home to harbor seals, white pelicans, leopard sharks, and bat rays.

The Honorable Ken Salazar
Secretary
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

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When you think about it…the ocean seems vast, indestructible, and bountiful.

Ocean treasures such as coral reefs are endangered by wasteful habits and industries.

Whether you’ve sailed across an ocean or just stood on the seashore, the oceans seem endless, incomprehensible, majestic. Unfortunately, according to scientists from around the world, the oceans are in trouble. So much trouble, in fact, that by the middle of this century, there could be a collapse of all the creatures currently being fished.

Factory farming fish is clearly one cause of this potential collapse. Misuse of critical sea habitat is another. Pollution and garbage dumped into the sea a third. Eventually, if we do not change course, the planet’s oceans may become vast grey zones, not quite dead but little able to provide much sustenance.

The oceans cover two-thirds of our planet and are home to untold numbers of flora and fauna. Losing any species of plant or animal weakens a system. If many species are lost, the system is no longer healthy and is vulnerable to potential catastrophic changes.

As individual nations realize the importance of their coastal regions, more and more species are going to be protected, breathing life into what could have, and may still, become a lifeless wasteland.

When you think about it…all living, breathing organisms can be destroyed; oceans are no exception. What can you do to protect the waters of this planet?

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