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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

Aug 23, 2016 F Bean
Aug 23, 2016 Sandra Beul
Aug 22, 2016 C DeBeer
Aug 21, 2016 Sherry Hanbury I join in all other "Small Voices" in protesting the annihilation of our "Wonderful World". We WILL BE HEARD. NECESSARY ACTIONS WILL BE DONE.
Aug 21, 2016 odile deparday
Aug 21, 2016 Eric Lavoie
Aug 18, 2016 ch Fontijn
Aug 17, 2016 Adrian Schilke
Aug 17, 2016 Mark Turner We are slowly but most certainly destroying this planet.
Aug 17, 2016 brian girard
Aug 15, 2016 George Walters
Aug 14, 2016 Robert Fowler
Aug 10, 2016 Brooke Weeks
Aug 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2016 Kathleen Shabi
Aug 8, 2016 Deja Brown
Aug 8, 2016 Jane Neave
Aug 8, 2016 Linda Long
Aug 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2016 cassandra lewis
Aug 5, 2016 julie ellis
Aug 3, 2016 Kaydee Lewis
Aug 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2016 daniela josten
Jul 30, 2016 Chris B
Jul 29, 2016 pamala sutton
Jul 29, 2016 María Galarce
Jul 29, 2016 Dannielle Clydesdale
Jul 28, 2016 dennis racey
Jul 28, 2016 Elisabeth Jimmink
Jul 28, 2016 Michael Kloby
Jul 28, 2016 Diana Monks
Jul 28, 2016 Nancy Arnold
Jul 27, 2016 Conor Gowling
Jul 27, 2016 Helen Wordsworth
Jul 27, 2016 Sally Friedman
Jul 27, 2016 Rosie Albanese
Jul 27, 2016 diana bryant
Jul 26, 2016 Cynthia Ferrara
Jul 26, 2016 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jul 26, 2016 Kinga Czaniecka
Jul 26, 2016 Megan Tunstall
Jul 25, 2016 Terry Barnhart Protect our oceans and our lifelines!
Jul 24, 2016 Ruby Cruise When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. - Lakota
Jul 24, 2016 Don Merrell
Jul 24, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jul 23, 2016 Louise Benfatto
Jul 23, 2016 claudette cutajar
Jul 21, 2016 Ida Lopez
Jul 21, 2016 Victoria Huddleston

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